Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,
Every year in my home town of Rethymno in Crete, there is a time for carnival festivities. It is a season that lasts around a couple of weeks and it transforms my little town into a surreal place, filled with the most amazing people that gather from all over Greece. There are 3 major events that take place during that time. The first one is what we call “Tsiknopempti” which is a day when all Greeks celebrate by eating grilled meat. The second big event, one week later, is the Carnival Night Parade that starts on a Saturday night and ends early in the morning and the third and most important event is the actual Carnival Day that is full of parades, dancing, laughing and celebrations. During that time Rethymno is always overbooked and overcrowded and everyone is happy! That means that everyone loves to have their photo taken too, so it is an ideal place to be if you are a Street Photographer like me.
This Street Hunt was recorded on Tsiknopempti night, the first of the three major events mentioned above.
I enjoyed having company so much during the previous Street Hunt that I shot in Hamburg, that I thought it would be great to ask Digby to join me. In case you missed the announcement, about a month ago, Digby Fullam joined our team and since then we have shot a couple of Street Hunt videos together. One of which is the one you will be seeing today. So, most probably I will be having company in all future Street Hunts. This spices up the conversation by getting new ideas on the table during the Street Hunt video and makes the experience much better in my opinion. More real.
This Street Hunt recording lasted about 3 or 4 hours. It would have lasted longer if I hadn’t forgot to empty the memory card of my Sony Action Cam that I use to record the video. So, at some point I just ran out of available memory card space. Never mind though, because making this Street Hunt was great fun and the experience of shooting with an off camera flash was exhilarating! If the circumstances allow it, I highly recommend you give it a try. Sometimes the results are quite satisfying and that is what it is all about, isn’t it? To have a great time and get some keepers.
In this Street Hunt video I use my new APS-C Fujifilm X-Pro1 with various settings depending on the situation. I start off the Street Hunt wide open with Autofocus and after a while I switch to off camera flash and zone focusing using a narrow aperture. The lens I use in this video is the XF18mm by Fujifilm that is equivalent to 27mm full frame. So it is quite wide, just what I need for getting really close!
Now that you have read through these lines, I recommend you grab a snack and your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy this month’s Street Hunt filmed in Rethymno, Crete!
In addition to the video I have made a collection of all the photos I shot.
The collection of images
If you want to check out each photo I have uploaded every image I shot in a dedicated Dropbox Album called Street Hunt #13.
Additionally you can also view the photos Digby made.
Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!
The Street Hunt video
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