All pictures taken with: Olympus Pen E-PL3 and Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 ASPH.
The other day when I took my Zorki to the planetarium I took some more pictures even after I finished my roll of film. I exchanged my Zorki for my E-PL3, which I had in my bag as well. It is absolutely no problem to carry around two cameras as long as one of them is light and small. And I’m sure glad that I had the Olympus on me, because I really like the first picture! It was taken at the station Gesundbrunnen, which is exceptionally dark with really strange lighting in some places. I’ve attempted pictures at precisely this spot again and again, but the lighting is really difficult and the autofocus is usually struggling a lot under such conditions. This time I got lucky!
People don’t like to admit it, but street photography relies on luck a lot. Sure, the photographer is in control, he has to know where to go, where to find the right kind of people, the right kind of scenes, the right kind of camera settings and so on, but in the end he depends also a lot on luck. That miraculous moment when the right scene meets the right light is a matter of chance. If you’re unlucky your camera is out of battery or your roll of film is full right when that moment happens. If you’re unlucky your autofocus decides to be unbearably slow or someone walks right in front of your lens. And if you’re really unlucky it’s all over when you’re finally close enough to get a decent shot. Luckily it doesn’t always matter that you missed the shot. Doing street photography often means that you notice moments that other people ignore, because they are too busy to be in the moment. That’s always something to be appreciated, even if the picture turns out nothing like you imagined.