one day at a time

under the umbrella (#380)

under the umbrella © Verena Fischer 2012

under the umbrella © Verena Fischer 2012

Camera: Canon EOS 450D | ISO : 100 | Focal Length: 55.0 mm | Aperture: 5.6 | Shutter Speed : 1/50


This picture was taken at the flea market next to the Mauerpark. It proves again that flea markets are great for street photography. I especially liked the enigmatic expression of the girl on the right and of course the umbrella above her as well.

By now I should really have some new pictures to show you from shooting with my Zorki, but there are still 3 rolls in the queue to be developed. Two of them are full and the third I had to abandon after experimenting with my Zorki. Apparently things got a bit twisted up inside there and the film got stuck in one of the gear wheels. I managed to rewind the film only after opening the camera up in the dark and going at it with some force. I think there must be about 10 pictures on the roll after all. Yes, I learned my lesson, no more experiments with the equipment, at least for a while.


4 responses

  1. mostlymonochrome

    How do you shoot these pictures? Do you shoot from the hip or use a long lens?

    August 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    • Actually this one was taken just like that with 55mm focal length. Especially when things get crowded and people see that you’re taking a picture anyway, they will just ignore you. Well, unless you shove your camera directly into someone’s face, I guess. So, composing and waiting is probably the best strategy for busy street corners, flea markets and parks. On the subway it’s way more intrusive, so I sometimes compose with LifeView and look somewhere else when taking the picture.

      I have a long lens, but I hardly ever use it for street stuff. With long lenses you just don’t get interactions like the one in the picture.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:16 am

      • I,ve been using a long lens to help me isolate subjectd but it may be time for a rethink.

        August 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

  2. hell yeah, thats probably my fav flea market in berlin and yes, berlin is a great place to be! 🙂 greeting from Poland

    August 31, 2012 at 4:51 am

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