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At long last I’ve used the Olympus TG-5 TOUGH camera for what it is designed for – appalling weather.  Early on a Thursday morning, I was returning from one of my long walks around south Bristol, when the skies opened.  Wedging myself into a shop doorway to escape the worst of the deluge, I looked out over a grey and pouring main road, with a solitary soul sitting in a bus shelter, on their way to work.  The scene looked promising, and the TG-5 is after all claimed to be waterproof down to quite a depth underwater – a year ago, I bought it to photograph in the rain after all!

And so I started firing frames.  I would have dearly liked to have has a longer telephoto but – well, we just do the best we can with the camera we have with us.  And, as usual, if I see something that might have visual appeal, I take quite a few pictures, with varying compositions and viewpoints – not having to worry about how many frames I have left is one of the very beautiful and eminently user-friendly aspects of digital!!!

So here is yet another take on the early morning journey into work.  At least the shelter keeps her huddled figure dry, and buses into the city centre are regular along this main road.

Technique: because I didn’t have a longer telephoto with me – the TG-5 only goes up to 100mm equivalent, which = x2 magnification – this is an enlargement of a small area of the frame – and I’m impressed with what this little camera has achieved.  The low ISO (400) helped, and the 1/250th shutter speed has elongated the raindrops, and so given more sense of the downpour, more atmosphere.

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2324, 25, 26, 27, 28,  29, 30,  31,  32, 33  34  35  36 37  38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45  46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 Each will open in a separate window.

Technique: Olympus TG-5 at 38mm (equiv) ; 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Structure Harsh preset and adding a light Selenium tone; south Bristol; 8 Nov 2018.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

9 Responses to PEOPLE 363 – GOING TO WORK 87 (MONO)

  1. Meanderer says:

    I love photos of towns and rain – so I’m pleased you highlighted this image on your recent posting.

    I think these types of scene remind me of my childhood. My parents didn’t drive so we got around on foot, on buses, and trains. Many a time have I stood at bus stops in the rain …….. waiting. I especially like night time rain with traffic lights and car head and tail lights reflected in puddles.

    Have you found a good waterproof coat yet?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad it gets to you – you can have my share of rain any time! No, I haven’t got a good waterproof coat yet, seemingly it does not loom large in my legend … ah, indolence … and decadence too … a friend thought that my idea of hitting a pub at 2,30pm on a Monday afternoon with the aim of downing numerous bevvies was decadent >>> and so, thinking of hedonism too, that was the time and day we decidely decided upon. Actually another factor here is that, then, said pub will be both comfortable and quiet, so we can have much uninterrupted, quiet conversation, and some very good beers to boot, which are both true delights. A simple life. 🙂

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      • Meanderer says:

        Decadent? Hedonistic? More like an essential life-affirming activity these days 🙂 Can’t remember the last time I went to a pub just for a drink, mind. A spot of lunch with a small glass of house rose is just the job on shopping days in the big town though 🙂

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    Oh yes, appalling! Yuck! I’m glad you had the opportunity to put the camera through its paces, but what about the photographer? I mean, when are they going to come out with a waterproof camera that will also create a magic, rainless enclosure around the photographer so taking a picture like this isn’t a miserable exercise? 🙂


  3. paula graham says:

    I love it and yes, without long lens, it is a different way of looking, a way I struggle with being wedded to my 70-200. This little camera and you have made a good job here.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Paula, thank you for your good words. I didn’t know the 70-200 is your got-to lens; I very much identify with that, except that my go-to is a little bit longer – 70-300; I like the way these telephotos can extract bits / parts from scenes. Are you all moved in and organised now??? 🙂


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