D800 Diary - Day 6

Today I had some time in London to do a bit of street photography.  It isn"t something I have done a lot of before and I found it quite difficult to spot opportunities for creating some good images.  I started shooting around 5pm and finished around 9pm (with a stop for some food and beer!). I used 2 lenses - the Nikon 70-200mm VR I and the Sigma 50mm F/1.4 although the Sigma was on 80% of the time as I felt the longer lens was too intrusive  and obvious for capturing the images I wanted.  In fact I think all the final images I choose for this entry bar one where taken on the Sigma 50mm which is fast becoming my favourite lens.

Eye on youEye on you - ISO 2000 - Sigma 50mm @ F/1.4 1/200s (Heavy crop of the original - see below - click to see larger image in Flickr)

The original image for image - eye on you

I am not sure about the next photo - I like the shadow but could get the crop correct - it seems as though there may too much of the actual women.

Shadow D800Shadow - ISO 500 - Sigma 50mm (I forgot to lower the ISO for this)

I waited ages to get the next image - the lighting was good and the women were heavily lit by the light from the shop window.  I took 100 photos at this location to get this image.  As with all the photos I took today this was hand held.

Opposite DirectionsOpposite Directions - ISO 1600 and Sigma 50mm lens

The next image is actually my favourite of the shots I took today - It was a quick shot that I saw and I managed to focus correctly - which did prove difficult with the tolerance that you have with F/1.4.  It wasn't the fault of the D800 - just the operator.  I do wish I had used face focus more though.

SmileSmile - ISO 2000 and Sigma 50mm at F/1.4

I have also included a few more of the images I took below.

In total I took 450 RAW images and 5 videos.  I also used the screen on the back of the camera a lot.  My battery went to its lowest yet of 53% left.  One thing that I have noticed more and more with the D800 is that it does over expose photos.  This isn"t a problem as I set -0.3EV to compensate.  I just don"t understand why Nikon would do that?  It is very good practice to expose to the RHS of the histogram though as this great article from Luminous Landscape illustrates 

3 People - Sigma 50mm and D800

Cafe - Sigma 50mm and D800