Adelaide Central Markets Street Photography

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At it’s heart, street photography is all about capturing that decisive moment of human interaction. Capturing that moment with human beings interacting with each other or an urban space. Different locations attract different people, and different people interact differently in different locations both with the location and each other.

The Adelaide Central Market was established in 1869 and has been a thriving hub for food, fresh produce stands, niche stalls and other things. I highly recommend  Photoco, they have an awesome range of second hand and new photographic gear and the staff are amazing. But, back on the Central Market, it is actually one of the largest undercover markets in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 80 traders operating there.

From a street photography point of view, the mix of colour, movement, old architecture, lighting and constant human interactions just provides many opportunities. I visited recently with my Safari M240 and 35mm F2 Summicron. As I may have mentioned before, I tend to always shoot fully open.

This shot is a great example of the colours, and I love how the Summicron’s level of depth has helped create the different layers in the photo.

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I know this shot is the featured image, but is also my favourite of my trip to the Adelaide Central Market. I was able to work with the light to create 2 sections to the picture: The darker walkway and then the brighter food stand. I love the contrast between the light and colourful food stand and the darker walkway. And then the lady trying to work out what she wants. We have a contrast between cold and dark and warm, vibrant, and welcoming all in one picture. For grabbing the moment, I find the Summicrons offer a great combination of shallow depth and ease of use (aka forgiveness).

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This last shot, yes is about human interaction, and yes we have a nice combination of colour. But, I didn’t frame it very well, and I think my post processing has damaged it a bit. That said, we have a great mix of lighting and colour going on. Each to their own with photography, some who have seen this like the colour and find the combination really amazing and yes we have the light and dark areas. But, is there a worthy story?

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