In German we have a proverb saying “Geben ist seliger denn nehmen” which translates roughly as “To give is more fun than to take”. I think it is a quote from the bible, but I am not sure. But I know it holds true for this man who I watched getting some last minute Christmas presents at the local market. I’m sure he got a present for somebody really special, probably imagining the joy of whoever would unwrap the present when he was taking out his wallet.
Christmas markets are always fun to do some street photography. While every market has it’s share of interesting faces and interactions, Christmas markets, usually taking place when it is dark, always offer a nice practice ground for challenging light situations. I took some shots on manual exposure, but I’m too slow to manually adjust exposure and focus manually and so i was taking the majority in aperture priority.
Back at home i was once again surprised at the leeway the Monochrom is giving me when it comes to exposure, as long as highlights aren’t blown out. Need to adjust the exposure by a stop? Not a problem. By two? Can do, but you get a bit of noise in the shadows then, specially if not shooting at base ISO (I took all the shots at 1250 ISO). Of course you get a better tonal range when exposing to the right and the adjusting the exposure down, but even if you have to increase the exposure by a stop, the midtones still have nice grey tones.
And did I mention that I simply love that I don’t need to bother with white balance? 🙂