Ok, the tittle says it all and the city is still Dublin. When I go for a photo walk I normally use my little X100s, that’s is the camera I always have with me. Although it took a little while to get use to it, I was always a 50mm guy, rather than 35mm, but now I love to shoot streets with both focal lengths. What about the 56mm f1.2 lens that I acquired last summer. Well so far I used it for weddings, portraits and product shots, but not during my photo walks. And I love this lens, it’s fast, super sharp, still small and doesn’t weight a ton. It’s probably not people’s first choice for street photography, on Fuji’s APS-C sensor it translates into 85mm, but needles to say I really enjoyed using it on the streets. The last couple of occasions I headed into the city I limited myself to the Fuji X-T1 with the aforementioned lens attached to it and here are some of the results from this experiment, they are also part of my Streets of Dublin collection. Enjoy. …..
I am no expert in the politics or issues of my country. Nor am I a pure street photographer. But I do like to tell stories of my country’s people and the city I live in with my images. Now, in my city Johannesburg – Jozi or Joburg as locals call it – we have areas where you would avoid going alone, especially with a camera. But there is a number of good things happing all over the city, thanks to some very cool and interesting projects. I took a few other photographers for a little walk in one of these areas, called the Maboneng Precinct. It is safe, has a good vibe and is a great place for food and social……..
Ever since I saw some photos by Alex Lambrechts, I’ve been wanting to do a shoot mixing street and fashion photography and finally the dream has become reality. A few weeks ago, I contacted a friend of a friend who does some modeling and hired her for a couple hours. We went to Milan and I asked her to just walk around or interact with people on the street, pretending to ask directions, sitting in a café, looking at books in a stall, or talking on the phone. In the end I got some nice ones. Even though they are staged, I think they have a candid street look to them, whereas I wasn’t really able to convey the fashion aspect. I just can’t pretend to be as good as Lambrechts after one day, but I’m reasonably happy with the results and we had lots of fun doing this. An experience to be repeated, for sure. I shot everything with the Fuji X-E2, alternating between the 35mm F1.4 and the 60mm F2.4 lenses. We also shot some posed portraits that aren’t included in the gallery below, but are in this Sticky Album (open the link on your mobile device to add the album to your home screen)……..
This is our second Street Of The World segment where we focus on a specific location with a local street photographer. This week, you’re on a 48 hour layover in Hamburg, Germany and Marco Larousse is your guide. You’re in for a treat! Discover the best spots to shoot street photography in Hamburg, the best times to be there as well as the safety and cultural considerations to keep in mind. After you listen to the show, make sure you visit Marco’s website, and connect with him on Twitter @HamburgCam. Marco kindly made this great interactive Google Map to match the locations he mentioned on the show. he also marked a few extra buildings, churches and landmarks on the map that are not part of a specific quarter but maybe a bonus if someone is close to that area……
Too many times have I heard the complaint that social media, despite the connotation of its name, has rendered us more antisocial than ever before. Locked away in our rooms, we chat with individuals who play no part in our actual day-to-day existence, tricking ourselves into believing that our social life is much richer than it actually is. This is why Mathieu and I are both firm believers that the “social media cycle” isn’t complete until online relationships are taken offline. As friendly as you can become with people via a social platform such as Twitter or Google+, there is nothing quite comparable to meeting someone face-to-face……
The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, the USA, Canada and the UK–eight nations enjoying one another’s company under one roof in the cosmopolitan city of London, all thanks to relationships being taken from the superficial online realm to the geniune offline world. This is the true definition of social media, and the spirit with which LNDNWLK came into being……..
I’ve visited Old Delhi twice in the past 6 days. On both voyages, I went with a photographer friend whom I enjoy exploring Delhi with…he does his thing, I do mine, we swap thoughts, and we generally move in the same direction…be it a busy road, shady alleyway, or a muddy lane leading to the “cheese market.” On the first day, we arrived in the old city via the Delhi Metro at 7:20am. We gradually rose from the deep via 3 escalators and exited at Chawri Bazar…the largest, most hectic intersection in the old city. Its screw hadn’t come loose yet, but people were certainly on the move…mostly tiny school children in tiny uniforms holding hands and more school children whizzing past on motorcycles and tightly packed bicycle rickshaws. There was a general mood of excitement in the air……
This weekend saw thousands of Australians take to the streets of cities across the country to protest the Tony Abbott / Liberal coalition government’s cuts to Federal spending in areas like education, health, the public sector, science and the environment, as well as their stance on immigration. Sydney was no exception – and the march, starting and finishing at Hyde Park, featured a brief concert by local band The Jezabels at the conclusion of the event. I thought it was a good chance to test out the 56mm f/1.2 a bit more, and a few with the 18mm f/2 as well; but I was really enjoying the creativity of some of the signs & costumes people had made – and a few more that were added at the site, too……
Every time before I pack my travel photo bag, I try to envision what kind of photos I expect to take on location for the job or portfolio work. In my early days of photography I was prepared for every possible photo situation by bringing most of my gear. I recall one time where I lugged 20 kg (40 lb) of DSLR gear in a backpack through Paris. That was an awful experience! Since my switch to Fuji X cameras 3.5 years ago, thankfully my travel photo bag has become a lot lighter. The night before this trip to Paris I decided on the following gear to bring:
- Fuji X100S
- WCL-X100 (wide conversion lens) for the X100S
- Fuji X-Pro 1
- Samyang 8mm f2.8 fisheye lens
- Fuji XF 14mm f2.8
That’s 2 camera bodies plus 4 fast prime wide angle focal length weighing around 1.6kg (3.5 lb)!!! Add spare batteries and ND filters and you’re still well below 2 kg (4lb) in your bag. That is only 10% of the weight of the gear that I took along a few years ago…….
I was out shooting some street photography earlier today with my trusty little Fuji X-E1 and I noticed that I had taken a lot of portrait orientation shots. As I was sorting through the shots I noticed that all the vertical images paired up nicely, so I thought I’d do a set of paired images, just for the fun of it. All of these were taken around the streets of Dublin city, using a Fujifilm X-E1 with a combination of the Fuji 35mm and the 18–55XF lenses. It was a lovely fresh Autumn morning and I was there early so the city was coming to life with the fresh energy of a new day, and for some reason I just had a really good time shooting. While these aren’t award winning images by any stretch, I did catch a few quirky sights around the city. I’ll post some more shots from this shoot over on my Photoblog. Processing was done in Lightroom, using various presets as the starting point. There’s a combination of VSCO Film 01, 02 and 04 in there. The VSCO presets work really well with the Fuji sensor, especially if you want to create an authentic film look. I’ve started using VSCO 2 a bit more lately, and I’m really liking the look of the Fuji Superia film presets. I don’t think that I’ve ever shot with that in actual film……