Today we decided to take the train to Belfast so along came the Canon 5DMKII and the 17-40mm F.4L USM lens which is now my trusted lens for general street photography.

I have put a ND filter on the lens last week and never bothered to take it off and it really offers some amazing clarity especially in situations where there is lots of light. Check out the sky in this photo of the train station before we left.

The photo was taken with the ISO set at 100 using manual mode and a fast shutter speed as I was shooting into the sun.

There are a few more photos in the street set over on flickr.

On arrival in Belfast my youngest child shouted that someone was jumping from the roof of a near by building. Automatically reaching for the camera I found that they were in fact abseiling down the front of the Europa Hotel. With mixed emotion of both relief and mild disappointment I grabbed this shot into the sky. The abseiler is just to the top left.

The sun was low in the sky so it was difficult to actually walk down some of the streets with the amount of glare bouncing of windows and buildings. I decided to take all the shots into the sun to really put the ND filter to the test.

I haven’t quite got as far as being able to take photos of random strangers around the streets of Belfast as to be honest I am not that much of a runner. I have tried to focus in on the landscape of the street. This photo is of Belfast’s Grand Opera House a stunning building dwarfed in the last twenty years by skyscrapers.

The last photo is simple entitled ‘Bus Lane’ and is the few along Great Victoria Street all the way to Shaftsbury Square. The 17-40 is a brilliant lens with the ND filter allowing large amounts of detail to be drawn in the far off clouds.

There are a few more photos in the Street Set over on flickr.