a collection of experiences, ideas and image samples related to street photography.
"I don't like to ask people to pose unnaturally, 'say cheese' and awkwardly smile for the camera"
camera: FujiFilm X-T10
lenses: Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 and Fujinon 18mm f/2/0
After many years of practice, failures and frustration, I now have a stronger sense of confidence as a street photographer. This is due to practicing the art of patience.
Our daily environment is a work of art. The canvas is full of presets. I've learned to stop, listen, observe and most of all, enjoy life with my camera in hand! I find personal pleasure in taking time to notice simple things we as humans normally take for granted. Sunshine gleaming through a window, the lines shadows make on concrete and candid emotions of people in the streets are themes I enjoying photographing. Street photography taught me to become the observer; the invisible man. I don't force things to happen. I don't like to ask people to pose unnaturally, 'say cheese' and awkwardly smile for the camera. I find that our existence is much more than enough to create art with.
There is beauty in diversity and I want to capture that for others to enjoy.
camera: FujiFilm X-T10
lens: Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
lens adapter: Fotasy FD-FX
filter: Vivitar CPL 52mm
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I decided to dedicate two weeks to keep an analog Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 film lens mounted on my FujiFilm X-T10. I'm not a brand loyalist, but I truly love FujiFilm's X Series line. The X-T10 is my fourth Fuji camera. As a street photographer, I don't like digging through menus like on most digital cameras. X Series cameras are built much like film cameras with the manual controls accessible on the body and the aperture ring on the lens. The camera bodies are light weight, relatively small and inconspicuous. Not to mention FujiFilm cameras work extremely well with old manual lenses from the film photography era!
I usually like to shoot street photography wide angle with a digital Fujinon 18mm f/2 lens. However, the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 is one of those old lenses with tons character. The glass creates a mood that I really can't describe. I love how it works with the FujiFilm X-T10!
I used the 'nifty fifty' lens on a personal photojournalism project during a protest rally against the closing of multiple public schools in Detroit. I captured the majority of the shots with the aperture wide open with an ISO setting of 250. Using analog lenses makes me be more conscious of how to focus and compose the subject. Instead of taking hundreds of shots on the SD card, I pretend like I only have two rolls of film with 36 exposures each. That way I am not shooting just to be shooting. I try to make every opportunity count. This decreases my editing time on the computer (which I despise!) and increases the chance of creating a powerful photograph.
I am a street photographer using film and digital formats. I enjoy listening to good music, traveling, quiet time & peace.