Tokyo: A City in Motion
William Innes says he has always been a people watcher; and with his LX100II in hand, he is able to translate that interest into exciting street photography. The creator who, in his words, “likes to chill and watch the world go by” sees street photography as a natural extension of his interests; “I can walk around until I find an exciting location and then wait for people to enter the space. I can then capture that moment in time.” Looking at his gorgeous shots of Tokyo, it becomes clear that his unpretentiousness is matched by his exceptional acumen.
First choosing LUMIX cameras because they led the way with digital technology, and staying with them because the brand listens to their customers, Innes now relies on their “intuitive and easy to use” features to find the right gear for any situation. In this shoot, Innes captures the streets of Tokyo using his LX100II, taking full advantage of the camera’s compact size and low profile to portray a city in motion: “it’s my grab-and-go camera… excellent for everyday use and perfect for street photography.”
The dynamic interplay of subject and environment adds to the energy of these scenes, aided by agile autofocus to ensure that there’s never a missed moment. Whether it’s a young man absently relaxing and checking his phone adjacent to a wall of intricately-patterned stickers, to an older woman in the market staring suspiciously—even defiantly—at the photographer, these fleeting instants show how street photography earns its reputation as a thrilling medium in the hands of skilled photographers such as Innes.
The camera’s while black and white mode—showing monochromatic images not just in the monitor, but in the viewfinder—dials up the drama. Night scenes especially come alive; Innes notes that the LX100II has “a Leica lens is super fast and essential in low light situations.” Whether he’s capturing a fleet of umbrellas in the rain or a close-up of a road with a silver train in the distance, Innes uses the LX100II to paint a mood.
Overall, this partnership of artist and camera is the definition of synergy. As Innes reports, “The image quality is stunning. The camera incorporates manual controls (such as an aperture ring) that enable me to make adjustments without looking at a screen. These features are great for street photography. I don't have to take my eye off the scene to make changes for things like exposure compensation or depth of field.” Not only is Innes able to trust his eye, but trust the camera, too. And that’s the highest compliment we at LUMIX could ever be paid.
William Innes became fascinated with photography at an early age after being intrigued by the buttons and dials on his father’s camera. (William still has that camera – an East German Praktica MLT-5B). After a long career in the aerospace industry – William leaped into the wedding photography world in 2006 and has never looked back. He believes to be a great wedding photographer you need to be well versed in all kinds of photography, including portrait, landscape, action and product techniques. Besides wedding photography – William loves traveling the world to experience the food, culture and sights. To-date William has visited 42 countries.
William is a member of the Panasonic Lumix Global Ambassador team – promoting mirrorless cameras across the USA. He works and lives in Santa Clarita, California with his wife and little dog. He is a member of PPA and WPPI.
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