Canon 5D Mark III | 50mm | F2.2 | 1/1250 | ISO100
Trafalgar Square, London.
I want to do a few more of these London Candid shots around the streets, perhaps when I am next there in a couple of days.
I shot this whilst on route to a different location for the photoshoot I was on with my good friend Midé. I don’t know about other cities, but I know for sure these ‘circus’ / ‘entertainment’ acts are definitely not a rarity, so it always surprises me to see so many people crowded around the same act, literally every single day. Humans ay’.
Either way, as I was shooting this image, I knew that it would be better processed in black and white. Usually, to determine such a thing so early on, I use a rule which seems to make sense in my head, and definitely seems to work.
Shooting an image like this, where there is little to no colour on the subject (in this case, it’s the silver man). I often find it beneficial to go black and white. Usually, if your subject is near or completely colourless, and there are odd distracting colours elsewhere in the frame, it just makes sense (to me atleast) to process as a black and white.
Here is the image processed as I would have done in colour:
In my opinion, it doesn’t stand out as much, because the stray colours are distracting, and it’s much more simplistic and impactful in a strong, contrasty black and white.
Shot @ F2.2 because that is my most favourable ‘F’ number to shoot it. I have talked about it many many times before on the blog. But in short, it gives you images that look just as magical as ones shot at F1.4, but with so much more sharpness, and so much nicer skin tones/depth.