A Little Street Photography in Downtown Huntington Beach

After a few days hiatus from street shooting, I decided to do A Little Street Photography in Downtown Huntington Beach, California.

The camera of choice was an Olympus OMD-EM5, with a M. Zuiko 17mm f2.8 lens. Normally, depth of field is my most important consideration on the street, and I will select something between f8, f11, and f16. That pretty much insures nearly everything from the tip of my nose to infinity will be within the range of acceptable focus. However, recently I’ve been noticing a little motion blur in some of my street shots, if I use aperture priority mode and a very small f-stop. I am causing the shutter speed to drop to low, even with the EM5’s excellent image stabilization engaged. I suspect that I am walking too fast, and the camera is also introducing some motion if I am holding it on one hand, or shooting from the hip. Consequently, for this series, I set the shutter to a fixed 1/500 and let the camera decide on the appropriate aperture. ISO was set to 200.

I see this guy, every time I walk downtown. He always asks for a dollar, and he never says please, or acts friendly. It’s like I owe it to him. I never give him anything.

Panhandler

Panhandler

Happy Hour isn’t until 3PM, but you can always get an early start.

Cerveza Before Lunch

Cerveza Before Lunch

I love all the outdoor cafes along Main Street. The trick is to know where to go, depending on whether you want to sit in the sun or the shade.

Buen Provecho

Buen Provecho

This is Sam. She is a barista (or whatever The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf calls them). She smiles. Sometimes I take her picture. I always give her the dollar that the panhandler didn’t get, because he didn’t smile. For those who notice such things, there is a great deal of digital noise in this image. I dialed the ISO up to 6400 when I went in the store. Honestly, I like it for this shot.

I have no objection to Starbucks, but I prefer the CBTL when one is available. This one is beside a fountain, on Main Street, in downtown Huntington Beach, and makes a great people watching stop.

Sam the Barista

Sam the Barista

Next door to the CBTL is a beachwear store. Currently, bathing suits are half off. Notice the third bikini from the bottom. I think I will make an offer to anyone who shows up at my door, wearing one of those. I’ll give you a no charge photo session. One condition: If you are a guy, you have to wear both the top and the bottom. No conditions for ladies!! 🙂

I Pooped Today

I Pooped Today

The final image, from the walk downtown, is this guy styling another guy’s hair. There used to be a barber shop on Main Street, but it’s gone, now.

No Barbershops -- Just Hair Salons

No Barbershops — Just Hair Salons

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