Digital Camera World - - SHOOTOUT -

WE kicked off our day of street photography in Soho and Chi­na­town, mov­ing on later to Bor­ough Mar­ket

when tor­ren­tial rain set in. “This shot was taken in South­wark,” re­veals Paul. “I saw two girls sit­ting by the wall and I loved the retro ‘Mo­tor­head’ look about them. I couldn’t get a covert shot of them as I wanted them to look straight into the lens; so I just ap­proached them, told them what I was do­ing and just asked if I could take a cou­ple of pic­tures. I had my busi­ness card to hand and promised that I would send them copies of the pho­tos (which I did). I did this through­out the day with all sorts of peo­ple, and didn’t get any neg­a­tive re­sponses.”

Paul used a ‘nifty fifty’ 50mm prime on the day. As he points out, it’s a “lightweight and un­ob­tru­sive” lens with a large max­i­mum aper­ture that’s per­fect for low-light por­traits. “The light was fairly flat and over­cast, which helped to re­duce harsh shad­ows,” Paul con­tin­ues. “I ended up crop­ping the photo slightly to re­move a cof­fee shop sign that was be­hind the girl.”

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