a collection of experiences, ideas and image samples related to street photography.
Charles Saadiq, Michigan 2018
0/1 sec, f/16, ISO 250
- Captured with a vintage Minolta 28mm f/2.8 lens on a FujiFilm X-T10
camera: FujiFilm X-T10
lens: a vintage Minolta 28mm f/2.8
As I am entering my middle-age years, I am becoming more connected to nature. This feeling brings me a greater sense of peace with unresolved isssues in my past now knowing that all things are temporary. Life is a continuous cycle and I want to practice a more gentle approach to dealing with personal hardships. ‘Practice’ is the key word because the act of negative thoughts is difficult habit to break. Yet my interactions with animals and plants are heeling. This new level of peace is beginning to reflect in my photography.
camera: Canon EOS 60D
lens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5
A scavenger hunt for deep shade & shadows on the first Saturday morning of Fall 2017.
"emergency brakes..." #cycling #streethunters #monochrome #bnw #streetphotography #bikes #cycle
shutter speed: 1/250, f/13, ISO 250 with a focal length of 35mm
I'm not looking for perfection. I prefer a more timeless look to my photographs
camera: Canon F1
lens: Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
film type: An expired roll of Fuji Superia 200 ASA
I visited one of my local camera shops a few weeks ago and noticed a roll of expired film being sold for $2. I previously read a few blogs on shooting with old film but I hadn't had any personal experience. So I decided to not overthink the decision and made the purchase. After I left the store, I stored the expired roll in the same camera bag with several fresh rolls of undeveloped film. When it was time to reload my camera, I put in the expired film by mistake. I spent two weeks shooting 24 exposures on old film thinking I was using a regular roll. So when the developments came, it took me while to figure out how and why the images were so grainy and dark. Yet for me, there is beauty in the flaws. Yes, there are quite a few scratches, dust spots and such on the negatives. But that gives the photographs its character. I could easily clean them off in Lightroom; but these were not shot with a digital camera. So I'm not looking for perfection; I prefer a more timeless look to my photographs. I am looking forward to doing enlargements on at least three frames on this roll. I am also going to do a serious search online for more expired film for sale!
Naturally painting shade & shadows...
cameras: FujiFilm X-E1, X-Pro 1 and X-T10
lenses: Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8, Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 and Fujinon 18mm f/2/0
As the saying goes, 'the early bird catches the worm'. I believe this is especially true when it comes to street photography. Over the years I've become accustomed to not sleeping in (even on weekends) and to venture out to photograph at sunrise. The smells of fresh coffee from corner bakeries combined with the sight of smoke spewing from manhole covers stimulates my creativity. The city if full of excitement and I aim to capture as much as possible. I have a sense of accomplishment when I am one of the first street photographers out hunting for deep shadows.
The natural light before noon makes architecture and urban landscapes just that much more dramatic. I've tested a variety of camera settings; I found that my personal sweet spot fall between 200-400 ISO, a f/8 or smaller aperture and shutter speeds between 1/60 to 1/80. I've used a Fujinon 18mm f/1.8 lens on a number of occasions. However the Fujinon 18mm continued to suffer from soft focusing. This seems to be a common flaw mentioned by other owners of these lens. This has pushed me in the direction of using old prime lenses from the film photography era. The FujiFilm X series cameras work like a gem when paired with vintage lenses! I like them so much I now prefer analog lenses over digital any day of the week. I don't mind working a bit harder with manual lenses to get the results I want. Photography excursions during the early morning hours is an excellent opportunity to test the limits of lenses and to sharpen photography techniques.
I am a street photographer using film and digital formats. I enjoy listening to good music, traveling, quiet time & peace.