Thonged busker…


This Frenchman was playing near the Louvre, Paris, in an alcove of a stone building. The alcove’s acoustic qualities gave his music a surreal feel, and he was obviously enjoying his work: his eyes are shut in concentration and pleasure.

I wanted to give a feeling of movement in this image, so I deliberately slowed the shutter speed to 1/8s and hoped the camera’s stabilisation would help, which it did. Making it black and white has given it a simplicity that’s hard to match.

Hardware: Olympus EP-1, 17mm f/2.8
Exposure: ISO160, 1/8s @ f/5.6
Post: Black & White preset, yellow filter, increased contrast (Aperture)

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