Olympus OM-D E-M10 Street Photography Diaries : Mumbai Street Shopping

“Olympus OM-D E-M10 Street Photography Diaries “ is a series which is dedicated to the streets of Mumbai, a growing metropolis that mixes old world charm with the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps. This is an attempt to capture its mystic, contrast and vibrant street life. This diary will cover aspects like shopping, food, people, culture and festivals.

Today’s post is about street shopping and my photography experience in Mumbai at the famous Colaba Causeway with the Olympus OM-D E-M10.

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.2, 1/160 sec, ISO200)

Little background

If you are a tourist visiting Mumbai for the first time, South Mumbai is where you get to see many interesting places and historical monument’s with old British and Victorian architecture. South Mumbai is also famous for shopping and Colaba Causeway in South Mumbai is very famous specially for the street shopping experience it offers.

What is special about Colaba Causeway ?  

The street has iconic Cafe’s and beer bars like Cafe Mondegar and Cafe Leopold which are cool places to hangout, but the main attraction is street shopping. South Mumbai college kids, teenagers, tourists and even families spent hours shopping on this street for imitation jewellery and making the most out of the cool deals on accessories, shoes and antique items.

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/1.8, 1/40 sec, ISO400)

The moment you reach Cafe Mondegar on Colaba Causeway, the street shopping journey begins. You will find everything, like antique shops, leather stores, jewellery vendors and the list goes on.The stores and vendors open for business by 11 am and are on till 9.30 pm. Many of the items sold are hand made and are made by small scale industries in villages or two tier cities of India.

The vendors are friendly and are eager to make a sale, so if you are lucky or have good bargain skills you can shop some really cool and unique items worth your money.

Shooting with Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera and Olympus 25mm f1.8

Couple of days back i had a meeting related to my work near Colaba Causeway. Since i was suppose to be free by noon i thought why not spend the rest of evening shooting some pictures of various items sold there and make a blog post about the same.

I carried my Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera Olympus 25mm f1.8, Olympus 14-42ez kit lens and Sigma 60mm f2.8 with me in a small sling bag. The advantage of Micro Four Thirds system (MFT) is that you can carry a camera and few small lenses very easily wherever you go without lugging extra weight and size.

Being Saturday and a public holiday the street was extremely crowded with tourists and local residents of Mumbai. Seeing the crowd, I anticipated that i wont be able to change lenses on the go and decided to shoot pictures just using the versatile Olympus 25mm f1.8.

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/40 sec, ISO200)

Some vendors were strict and did not allow to click pictures of their products which they were showcasing for sale.Vendors who agreed requested to click the pictures fast as it was their peak business hour.The auto-focus system of Olympus 25mmf1.8 and Olympus OMD E-M10 combo was fast and accurate and the small compact size of the camera and lens helped me to grab some quick shots even in tight spaces.

I am posting below pictures of antique items, shoes, lamps,figurines and whatever i thought was unique and interesting at Colaba Causeway.

Street shopping at Colaba Causeway is definitely a experience which should not be missed in case you are visiting Mumbai for the first time.The bargain shopping is absolutely fun, addictive and you may really get some cool and unique vintage items and souvenirs for yourself or to gift your friends and families.

Important notes 

All images seen in the post were shot as JPEGS and then transferred via WIFI to my phone and were minimally edited in Snapseed and VSCO for Android.

Thanks and enjoy the pictures.

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.2, 1/160 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.5, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.5, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.2, 1/160 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.2, 1/160 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/40 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.2, 1/160 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/3.5, 1/200 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.2, 1/160 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO250)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec, ISO250)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec, ISO250)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/50 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/40 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO250)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec, ISO250)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/40 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/1.8, 1/100 sec, ISO200)

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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/2, 1/20 sec, ISO250)

 
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I'm a self-taught photographer whose interest lies in shooting people, fashion, food and life-style.This blog documents my endeavors in photography.

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