Night, handheld street photography with the M. Zuiko 12-40mm pro lens

This evening, I went for a walk, with my friend Brittney, for some night, handheld street photography with the M. Zuiko 12-40mm pro lens. I had the lens on an Olympus OMD-EM5 (original version) and we strolled a street fair/farmer’s market, called Surf City Nights, in Huntington Beach, California, USA.

I am a terrible handheld photographer. Tripods and monopods are my friend, but tonight, I tried to shoot without anything to steady my hand, except the 5-axis stabilization which is build in to the EM5 body.

All images were captured at f2.8, most at 12mm, and ISO 3200. Mode was aperture priority so shutter speeds were between 1/60 and 1/20th second. I’ll let you be the judge if the blur and digital noise are acceptable.

Brittney with PCH in the Background

Brittney with PCH in the Background

It’s a third of the way through November so the summer crowds are gone and many of the regular merchants have taken the winter (albeit the California Winter) off. The streets are not nearly as crowded as they are much of the year.

Surf City Nights strollers

Surf City Nights strollers

Food Vendors

Food Vendors

Eating His Profits?

Eating His Profits?

Street Vendor

Street Vendor

Brittney Capturing the Scene

Brittney Capturing the Scene

The best part of shooting with Brittney is the happy space she creates.

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