Its getting harder to source b&w film and developing chemicals in Mumbai and so I was forced to start shooting digital again when I recently ran out of tri-x. However I found that I had become very selective with my image making and therefore enjoyed the digital process a bit more than I did before. I was shooting with a compact camera though and needed a camera which would give me SLRish quality but was small and unintimidating. Started coveting the x100 and suddenly everything I read about the camera made me want it more (for some reason I ignored the weaknesses that were splattered all over the internet).
My x100 arrived and I took it out for a test run and have to say it felt so right in my hands. Just made shooting the streets a joy. Has a few quirks but easy to work around them. The poor focus and slow start up forces you to slow down and to me it felt like shooting film – I shot 18 frames in about 2 hours. And i keep the instant image playback option off. Has other issues like terrible battery life but who cares – nothing in life is problem free. And there are so many good points to boast off such as image quality and high ISO performance which is good upto 3200. The OVF is delectable and of course the camera looks fantastic. In short I love the x100 especially for street photography.
This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship:-)
Started early morning in a small fishing village in Mumbai. The x100 has visible distortion but it can be corrected in post
This guy was very confused (not angry although he looks it) with what I was trying to shoot. Had pre focussed on him and the camera was pointing away from him so he had no clue that he was my subject.
Sneak preview of the village night feast
In the evening I headed to Marine Drive which offers a view of the sea and the sunset. Slight issue here with blown highlights but I still think the image looks ok.
The minute I turned the camera, so it didn’t face the sun directly, the highlight control was way better. Marine drive is a haven for romance.
Also not sure why some of the images have a bluish tint
The sharpness of the lens especially when the subject is close up is amazing
This is a part of Marine Drive where people throw the ashes of loved ones who have recently passed away.
The man was in deep shade and the road was much lighter but the camera handled it really well in this image. I did open up the shaded region a bit.
Chowpatty beach in the centre of the city is a great attraction for tourists from all over the country. It is also where the idol Ganesh is immersed during the Ganapati festival. I witnessed a slight precursor to the main event.
Small idol being carried into the water in the distance. This and the next few images were shot very late in the evening. The beach was lit by a few powerful lights.
shot at f2 ISO 1600
This is the idol Ganesh which was probably washed ashore. This image was shot with the inbuilt flash.
Overall very excited with my x100 🙂
Will post my Fort Cochin images soon – couldn’t wait to post this one!