It was a cold pre-winter night.
I went to see a Vivian Maier exhibition at Les Douches gallery a few weeks ago, which happened to be pretty small - only 20 or so pictures (but great ones of course). Fortunately the excellent book Vivian Maier, Street Photographer was available for leafing through to see more of her work. It's interesting to think about the fact that most of her work slept undeveloped for years. People who went to her exhibitions saw more of her prints than herself. Pretty sad actually, when I think to how hurried I usually feel when I'm back home and I know that I have one or several keepers on my SD card. It must be pretty frustrating to know you are taking good pics but to be unable to see them afterwards.
Anyways, I went out with the little RX100 which is my take-anywhere camera. I also own the Ricoh GR which in my opinion is a better camera for street photography (better IQ, snap focus mode) but I find the f/2.8 lens to be too slow at night. And currently in Paris it's night at around 5pm, so pretty early. The RX100 has a f/1.8 aperture at 28mm which allows for lower ISO values than the GR. For this series I set the camera on shutter priority, 1/30s, Auto-ISO and -0.7EV. I knew the camera would choose f/1.8, which gives a large DOF anyway thanks to the small sensor, and the ISO went from 200 to 500, which is pretty low and relatively noise free (the RX100 gives clean shots until 800-1000 ISO). I also knew that 1/30s would give blurry shots but I think I managed to get some keepers :)
I already posted some of these pics separately on flickr but I think they work better as a series.