Street Photography in Oamaru

During a trip to New Zealand in the spring of 2018 my wife and I made a quick stop in Oamaru, exploring an interesting city street and also along the waterfront. This article features some street photography in Oamaru.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 34 mm, efov 92 mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-160

As regular readers will know, I’m not really a ‘people photographer’ and my street photography focuses on objects, buildings, signage and curiosities that I find.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 50 mm, efov 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-160

Sometimes a shape will attract my eye, a texture, or a particular combination of lighting. On occasion all three combine in one image.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 50 mm, efov 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-160

Often the culture of a destination is well captured by objects that are found during a walk, like the Tiny Free Library above. My wife and I have always found the people of New Zealand to be creative and caring.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 39 mm, efov 105 mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-160

At times my wife will question what I photograph by asking, “Why would you take a picture of that?” My reply is often, “Why wouldn’t everyone take a picture of that?!!”

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 48 mm, efov 130 mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-160

My eye is often attracted to simple compositions and small splashes of colour against monochromatic backgrounds.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 48 mm, efov 130 mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-160

Sometimes a combination of complimenting colours and textures will intrigue me.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 52 mm, efov 140 mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-160

Or perhaps a bit of whimsy on a window sill.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 20 mm, efov 54 mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160

Strong angles always grab my attention, especially when they are formed by highly textured surfaces or have interesting details.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 35 mm, efov 95 mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-160

I also enjoy gentle curves and radiating lines.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 62 mm, efov 167 mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-160

I love objects that show their age and character…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 76 mm, efov 205 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-800

Or exude a feeling of elegance.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 16 mm, efov 43 mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-160

The brawn and might of industrial machinery will cause my shutter finger to react.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 78 mm, efov 211 mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-160

Magnificent profiles can be created by mountainsides, statues, and even by subjects named Brutus.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 72 mm, efov 194 mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO-800

Who is, by the way, still photogenic when he’s having a nap.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

Sometimes all it takes is walking up and down one street on an overcast and foggy day to find a plethora of image opportunities.

Technical Note:
All photographs were captured hand-held in available light using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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