One of the biggest misconceptions I know runs rampart in street photography is the “myth of the decisive moment”. What do I mean when I talk about “the decisive moment” simply being a myth?
Well of course there generally is a “decisive moment” when you hit the shutter – to capture that exact moment you desire in a photograph. However one of the common misunderstandings that plagued many street photographers (including myself) was that the decisive moment simply being one shot. After studying many contact sheets from Magnum Contact Sheets book, I was able to gain a new level of insight to read the mind of a street photographer.
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Continuing my posts on photographers using the Fujifilm X-Pro1, I also spoke with award-winning photojournalist and social documentary photographer Jack Picone on his views about this remarkable new camera…
“My mantra is’ slow is fast’ – you look, you think, you wait and then you make the picture. I like the psychology of the X-Pro1…it allows me to connect with the people I am photographing” – Jack Picone, Melbourne May 2012
The woman in the image is the Danish model Ann we had taken with us to Sicily in May 2011 for the Overgaard Advanced Workshop. So in this case I know her but it is not a staged photograph.
She had a very nice wardrobe with her and the first evening after we had arrived we went out to have dinner araound 19:00 and she was waring this outfit. I noticed that when a tall blond woman elegantly dressed walked in the streets of Palermo, the men would stop what they were doing and admire the woman with respect.
Thorsten Overgaard is a Danish feature writer and photographer who contributes stories and unique branding to magazines, newspapers and companies through exclusive and positive articles and photos.
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So, where do I start? Well, if you’ve been a follower on my Facebook page, you’ll know that I had recently undergone somewhat of a camera “mid-life crisis”. I had been a dedicated DSLR user ever since owning a Canon 20D… it was a time not too long ago, but still way before every soccer mom and their uncle owned a DSLR. At the time, these cameras felt special… intended for select individuals who understood the technical aspects of photography and learned it the right way (rather than the pop-up flash, “green square” shooting set). Call me a purist or a snob, or what have you… whatever. Fast forward to 2012 and I have just recently expunged my entire collection of DSLR gear along with all of the L-lens phallic symbolism associated with it. Replacing it… a Fuji X-Pro 1 plus 2 prime lenses (and that’s it). In my opinion, yes, the camera is quirky and relatively difficult to use… but, honestly, I have zero regrets so far.
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It’s been a while since we’ve done a bit of a quick image comparison, but this will be a very interesting one. Fujifilm touts the X Pro 1 as having image quality equivalent to a full frame DSLR. The Canon 5D Mk III is among the best when it comes to DSLRs and the 5D Mk II, although aging, is still quite a formidable force. So when the three cameras shoot relatively the same image in the same settings, can you tell the difference between their images?
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It was last year when I first started thinking about a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses to have with me beside my existing beloved Canon 5D MkII. I used to own a Canon G7, G9 and G11 and I was never satisfied with the image quality. They are good cameras, please don‘t get me wrong, the problem is that I am spoiled by the image quality my 5D MkII offers me. However, as much as I love my 5D MkII I hate the weight. I often took my camera with me when I was leaving the house because it could have happened that I needed my camera during my walk with my family, shopping in the supermarket or just walking down the streets. But after a time I quit that because it was just to heavy and also my shoulder punished me for this. Therefore I never gave up looking for a light weight alternative. And then, last year, I heard about the Fujifilm x100. Badooooom! The first time I hold it in my hand and looked through the viewfinder I fell in love. Not only that I fell in love with the design, it reminded me immediately of the „old days“ when I started with photography. When shooting with primes was normal or selecting the aperture was done at the lens……
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Today I received the Fujifilm EF-X20 flash for my Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera. I really love this little flash unit which has a guide number of 20 and a built-in diffusor that makes it work with wide-angle lenses down to 20mm (in 35mm format). It is made from premium metal materials and the finish really complement the metal finish on the X-Pro1 and X100 cameras.
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For the past month I’ve been working with the Fujifilm X-Pro1, which has been on loan to me. I shot all the Pop Up portraits with it, over 5,000 frames. It got a thorough testing and I got to know it quite well. I usually shoot on the Mamiya 7, a rangefinder, medium format film camera . For the Pop Up project, due to the large volume of work, I had to shoot digitally and as I already have a Fuji X100, was keen to try out her new big sister, the X-Pro 1- another rangefinder…
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Street photography is a genre that every photographer will try at least once in their career. Its broad appeal stems from the fact that you can do it anywhere; there’s a human element to the images that captivate the viewer, and if done well, can make for some extremely arresting images. However, it also requires balls. You have to get close enough to your subjects; and with people, invading personal space is uncomfortable (and possibly hazardous to health) for both photographer and subject. There’s a slight snobbishness about shooting with a longer lens, too – it isn’t seen as being hard core enough. In fact, these days, it seems if you’re not at f8, hyperfocal distance and sticking your camera and flash right up to somebody’s nose, then you’re not really doing street photography.
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