A NIGHT OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY IN IRAN - PANASONIC S1 FIELDTEST

 

I am on a street photography mission in Iran. I also brought my new Panasonic S1 with me. It is my new full-frame camera, and I wanted to test it properly for some night/streetphotography.

If you enjoy watching videos more than reading, check out the YouTube video HERE. There is also a link at the end, if you want to read this short story about my night of photography on the streets of Isfahan.

A man enjoying his cigerette, watching the show of performers under the Khaju bridge, Isfahan, Iran

A man enjoying his cigerette, watching the show of performers under the Khaju bridge, Isfahan, Iran

Only a few days left in Iran, and I realised I had to make the most of it. Typical, sometimes, to get too comfortable. Thinking 30 days is an eternity, and youll have loads of time to do everything. No need to rush!

Reality soon kicks in with a slap in the face, and only 2 more weeks left in Iran. Not at all done with the project, and as a kick up the ass, I armed myself with 4 fully charged batteries for the PanasonicS1 - and a decision to stay awake through the night and photograph whatever came into my frame.

A proper fieldtest!

I started at midnight by the Khaju bridge. It is one of the most iconic bridges in Isfahan, and a must have picture for the travelling photographer.

The Khaju bridge by night

The Khaju bridge by night

Honestly im not too big on architecture in my photography - i much prefer to have people. So I lifted the metaphorical lid off of the bridge, and under it I found all sorts of expressions. People dancing, singing, having their tea and smoking their hookahs. It was a sight to behold, and a true treasure for me. I was in night-street-portrait photography heaven.

It was about 3 AM when I stumbled upon some crazy (in a good way) kids, and fled the scene to seek refuge in a local police station. Also to use their toilet and sit down for a bit. The plan was to explore the city by night, and see what was crawling in the streets at the late and early hours.

Smoking hokaah is quite popular. Putting the Panasonic S1 to the test in low light and high ISO

Smoking hokaah is quite popular. Putting the Panasonic S1 to the test in low light and high ISO

I had spent the majortiy of the night under Khajo bridge - going with the flow. I think that is the way to go.

Going with the flow is the best approach to photography in my opinion. If you find a good spot, stick to it until you are happy. There is no use rushing anything. You have to feel the street, see the people, places points of interest, frames and lights. It is a challenge for sure. And getting that banger is certainly no guarantee, but have patience, and you shall reap the rewards. Especially with the beast of a camera that is the Panasonic S1

For only one night, I think I got some cool and definitely usable shots. Pushing the ISO on the Panasonic. This was by no means a proper review, rather a fieldtest, and a part of the review ill make some other time. But a good test of its lowlight capabilities - and it does a decent job. At ISO 12000 I get usable images - at least in the category of street photography, or photo journalism.

At the moment I only have the 24-105mm f4.0 kit lens that comes with the camera. Wish I could have a faster lens, like an f2.8. But maybe next time.

For pure street photography, I prefer to use my FujifilmX100F as it is lighter and faster. But the Panasonic also performs well for filming in lowlights, so its a good allrounder. Heavy but good!

Here is the YouTube video from this night of photography.