Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Paris | 20:00
Posting nighttime photos of people on the street is tricky, and I suspect that’s why many photographers don’t do it. Or if they do, the photos are generally in black and white (I’ve posted more than a few night photos on the blog, but they were all in black in white). Truth is, one rarely knows what they’re going to get when shooting handheld after dark because the degree of difficulty in setting variables for the camera go way up–chiefly among them being white balance and ISO noise. The only reason I bothered venturing out to Yves Saint Laurent was because my lens aperture is f1.2 and I wanted to see what the difference of one extra stop of light would be in a real world situation with no flash. The answer was fine, but I don’t shoot on a full frame device, and 6400 ISO on an APS-C is a cardinal no-no (as in, don’t even bother). Couple that with the fact that my lens is a manual focus, it’s almost impossible to get proper focus on a subject with such a shallow DOF at night. And yet, here I am posting these photos in colour and with a ton of noise. I have to say, when I tried converting these to black and white (I almost did), it just wasn’t the same.