The Ramadan Bazaar: A Celebration Of Us

The Ramadan Bazaar at Section 14 is a celebration of us. The crowd is diverse, the fashion contrasting and the food tantalising. The riot of colours, smoke and strong sun presented a wonderful photographic opportunity.

I’ve included some photography tips with this photo essay. And those who asked whether the new E-P3 carried over the legendary Olympus colours, judge for yourself…

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/200 sec

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/200 sec

Peaceful, Multi-Racial Assembly. Crowd queuing patiently for famous Kassim’s Popiah Basah. Popiah, a Hokkien spring roll, means ‘thin biscuit.’ I chose a wide angle lens to take in the queue curling around the back lane.

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f5.5, 1/160 sec

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f5.5, 1/160 sec

The Wizard’s Brew Is Bubbling! Smokin’ Kerang. This kind of shot is possible only when the sun gets low. So timing is important.

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/200 sec

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/200 sec

She Sells Sea Shells. I stuck the ultra-wide-angle lens so close that the lens misted up from the heat and smoke. An UWA exaggerates perspective and adds drama to any scene.

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/250 sec

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/250 sec

Going Dutch. On the other hand, a simple ‘Dutch Angle’ adds dynamism to certain scenes. Use the tilt wisely.

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/250 sec

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/250 sec

Sour Sun. With subjects like ice and liquid, don’t be afraid to shoot against the sun. Backlit, the drink jumps out at you.

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/250 sec

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/250 sec

Frame The Man. Tough but if you are patient, use people to frame a subject. See how the eyes draw you to the action.

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 640, f6.7, 1/250 sec

Olympus Pen E-P3, ISO 640, f6.7, 1/250 sec

Texting Time. Use a short tele to pick out candids but move in closer afterwards so the subjects get a chance to ask you why you were photographing them, if they want to.

All pictures photographed with the Olympus Pen E-P3 by & © TV Smith

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