I took a trip into Pontypridd on Friday with the EM5. The first opportunity to get out for a while. Still getting to grips with the EM5 and I think it will take a while to get up to the speed I can achieve with the Nikon. You can see how long it took me to focus as this guy was looking into my eyes when I first tried to get a shot of him.
Nah, I just thought it represented the weather. It was biting cold in the wind but not raining for a change.
There were quite a few people around as it is near to Christmas, but most seemed to be rushing about, which isn’t usually the pace in Ponty. I did manage to find a few people not in so much of a rush.
I’m sure this guy was fed up of people asking him what type of dog he has.
Across the pathway, was someone else who was chilled. I think any more laid back he would have fallen off the chair. I think he was a bit curious as to what I was doing.
Inside the Market it was very quiet. This lady was also curious as to what I was doing.
This lady was also taking her time going through the rails outside the Charity Shop, of which there are many, as there are in most towns in the UK.
This fellow was also chilling, just reading the notices in the Post Office window.
I took a little walk along Taff Street, the main street, and had a chat with one of the Hare Krishna monks, that I usually see in Cardiff. It was unusual to see him there. He said it is totally different as the people are so much more friendly, and not in so much of a rush to get anywhere. After that I stood at the bottom of the steps that lead back up to Market Street. It was really surprising how many people turned at the top to walk down the steps but when they saw me at the bottom carried on. I did catch a couple of people using them though.
I sat outside Greggs enjoying a pasty and a lady asked if it was OK to sit at the table I was at. I was just watching the world go by, and we exchanged pleasantries. I was raising my camera now and again to get a shot, and obviously she being in front of me…
“I’m not photogenic” she said, as she raised her hand. She was laughing, and not being negative, more like shy.
“I’m really not” she said as she turned towards me and raised her other hand as well. Still laughing. She got up and walked off saying goodbye as she did.
So it was lucky I had got this shot before she raised her hand!
It was really nice that our paths had crossed and she was a very pleasant lady to share the table with.
My favourite shot of the day though is this one in Market Street, especially in the conditions. It isn’t often nowadays you see someone sitting down and reading a book.
This shot was so hard as the sun was blinding, and all credit to the EM5, shooting straight into the sun, it produced this shot!