Sometimes it’s good to try something different. When my camera club suggested a photowalk to the Edinburgh Christmas markets, I was immediately hooked. I’ve shot the markets twice before – both times over 10 years ago – so I was keen to see if I could see them again with a fresh eye. I took two camera bodies with me. Both micro four thirds, both with prime lenses. It’s a new style of shooting for me, and I was looking forward to finding out how well it would work for me.
It was a bigger challenge than I expected. Even with fast prime lenses, the low light and constant movement made it difficult to capture images that I really liked. My friends reported the same frustrations.
Truth to tell, we didn’t spend much time at the Christmas markets. Once we got started, the photowalk had a life of its own, and since none of us were experienced street photographers, we took a collective decision to challenge ourselves with some street.
Like most photowalks, my hit rate was about one in eight, but it was fun, I took some photos I wouldn’t normally take, and – happily – I took home a few images that I really liked.
But it wasn’t half cold.