Street Photography in Napoli

Napoli - Spaccanapoli (Historic center)

Napoli - Spaccanapoli (Historic center)

I’m definitely not a fan of mobile cameras, but I took this photo nearly 2 years ago using a smart-phone Nexus One.
Of course it’s very light and discreet, something that helps a lot in street photography.
I’ve just found this on the mobile, I totally forgot about this random shot I took. It’s unedited as come from the mobile.

I love this kind of photography, taking frames of real life. I’m definitely going to use more the 5D II with a 17-40mm on the street more often than ever.

That particular photo was in the center of Napoli, in a street called Spaccanapoli (literally translated “break-Napoli”) that divides the historic center in two parts.
I particularly like the “story” of the couple talking on the bottom left part and the contrast of the white balance of the cold light outside on the street and the warmth you can fell in the shop.

Lytro launches a focus-free camera

Lytro camerasLytro is going to launch a camera that takes pictures instantly and lets you focus anywhere within the frame.
Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.

You don’t need to focus at all, you can adjust the focus itself to any point in the frame after you actually took the photo and comfortably sitting on your sofa.
Focusing after means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay (and battery saving).

It Will Cost $399 (and $499 for a more advanced version with 16GB instead of the standard 8GB).
The battery should be great, you should able to fill up the entire camera with pictures on a single charge. So about two weeks of battery time, with regular usage. An entire vacation with no charger.

In the specification you can find “Light Field Resolution”: 11 Megarays: the number of light rays captured by the light field sensor.
The light field is a core concept in imaging science, representing fundamentally more powerful data than in regular photographs. The light field fully defines how a scene appears. It is the amount of light traveling in every direction through every point in space. Conventional cameras cannot record the light field. You can get more details about that on Lytro’s website (Details section) or on Wikipedia.

Go to the Picture Gallery and play with some of the photos. It looks amazing.

This technology inevitably could be implemented in the next future to high end cameras and it would be great particularly for action photography and of course street and reportage photography as well.

A great advantage not having to think about focusing while shooting. On the other hand, there will be something left to do to for the photographer than holding a camera? :)