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Jonathan Auch

Street Photograph of the Day | 8th Avenue | Manhattan, NY

Sunday was one of the nicest days in recent memory, seeming like the first day of spring; bright and sunny and full of life. Yesterday was cold and wet and the light was dark and poor.

Often, I like to shoot in the rain. I like the shapes the umbrellas make, and the reflections in the concrete, or the puddles near the curbs that pedestrians have to jump over. But like always, photography is about light and you either have to find good light or bring your own. Unfortunately I had forgotten my flash and there was no good light to be had. The cloud cover was very thick. I found myself shooting at very high ISO's trying to maintain a shutter speed of at least 1/350th of a second, which is difficult when you also need to maintain a high aperture as to zone focus.

This was my second day out with the brand-new 17 mm 1.8 Olympus lens. This lens has been extensively reviewed on the Internet, and it's repuration was thoroughly trashed by a really bad review by Lenstip. I plan to do an extensive 'real-word' review of this lens, but my initial impressions are extremely positive.

I captured this frame just below 34th St. on eighth Avenue. As I was crossing the street on 32nd I saw this family standing in their big puffy coats. The three of them created an interesting triangle composition. As I approached the boy looked up above Madison Square Garden, I held my breath, hoping that he would hold that expression for just a moment longer. I darted in and snapped the frame.

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