So, as phase one in India comes to a close, I have time to reflect and debrief a little.The one lesson I have learned on my journey as an image maker is to pace myself. It’s hot and very humid here, around 100% humidity and often more than 95 degrees. Hitting it hard for 16hours a day is simply not possible without burning out. So, you cannot achieve as much as you might think here this time of year. Also, you can waste hours of your day trying to navigate the busy city. As a result, I decided to book a car and driver for my shoot days. This is an extra expense sure, but well worth the investment in the time gained back from having a car available to collect me kerbside at the end of the phone. It buys you back precious hours. As well as making it a little easier to navigate a large new city, it also means you can shelter in the air-con of a car every few hours or so at least. Hydration and bathroom breaks are also something that requires consideration, as the areas I’m going into don’t really cater for this……
I’m sure you had this experience before— you’re in class, taking a multiple-choice test. You think the answer is “C”, and you circle it in. Then a second later, you second-guess yourself, and circle “B”. You get the test back in a few days, and you find out the correct answer was “C”. You kick yourself in the butt, and you swear that you will always go by your gut-intuition next time. In the west, we put too much emphasis on “rationality”, “logic”, and “thinking things through.” While this is a fantastic mode of thinking for mathematics, science, and a lot of the hard-sciences, I don’t think it works as well in arts and humanities. I’ve discovered that for 99% of the things in my life— following my gut has been the best action…….
The X70 was delivered 5 minutes before my train was due to leave for Edinburgh. It takes 5 minutes to drive from my house to the station, so I ripped open the cardboard box and then quickly opened the familiar black Fuji box (no ripping here). I grabbed the plastic bag with the camera inside and stuffed it in my pocket. I had batteries, an SD card, a leather wrist strap and a lens hood in my camera bag just incase the X70 arrived on time (Thanks Royal Mail Special Delivery). I got To the platform with only seconds to spare, boarded the train and sat down to unwrap the small, but surprisingly weighty X70. I bought the black version because I wanted it to be as stealthy as possible on the street, otherwise I might have gone for the silver and black version (like myX100). But this was about function rather than looks. The camera is pretty much an X-T1 with a touch screen LCD, but without a viewfinder……
A few weeks ago our friends at Fujifilm Hellas sent us the Fujifilm X-T1 over for a review. I posted this on my personal facebook page and I got many reactions. The X-T1 was the Fujifilm flagship camera for nearly 3 years until the new X-Pro2 made its appearance. Now, in anticipation of the brand new XT-2 we decided that it would be a great time to review one of Fujifilm’s greatest modern success stories. Before we dive into one of the most exciting reviews that we have presented on Streethunters.net we would like to remind you of our previous camera reviews. In February of 2015 we reviewed the amazing Ricoh GR, a wonderful pocket sized APS-C camera that every Street Photographer should use at least once in their life. Following that, in April of 2015 we reviewed a DSLR and in particular the Canon EOS 6D for Street Photography, a full frame monster with amazing capabilities. Last but not least, in May of 2015 we reviewed the legendary Fujifilm X-Pro1 a camera that is still used by many Street Photographers, even if it is a 4 year old model and lacks many bells and whistles that more recent cameras have…….
This week’s featured street photographer of the week, Florence Bonnin, is a pro at capturing the essence of humanity. Florence gets up close and captures scenes and faces that evoke emotion. Florence capturesA people as they are, taking advantage of their action, their background or just their friendly smiles to create street shots that make you take a second look, shots you can identify with. But don’t take my word for it, here is a small collection of Florence’s images and thoughts on a few different topics. Enjoy…..
When it comes to Street Photography there are not universal recipes, but I prepared this quick guide for those using Fujifilm X100 (S, T) cameras.MF or AF?As a street photographer I don’t have much confidence with AF, no matter how much promises to be fast. I dig manual focus mode. With Fujifilm X100 cameras, you need to reprogram the AE/AF Lock button to work as AF only: this is a great feature to consider. I point at my feet and push the AF lock button and this works most of the time, but sometimes you can also point to focus at a tree to the distance you would your subjects in focus in order to fit better your needs and your approach in the street. Refocusin is a way to go with the AF button: when you think that your subject won’t get covered from the DOF (depth of field) of your current setting, you need to refocus your Fuji. M, A, S or P?I know many street photographers use A, and if it works for you go with this. For Street Photography we need to take in account we are making photos with moving subjects most of the time and a correct exposure is the priority: I prefer S and M.ISOI currently dig the AUTO ISO with my Fujifilm X100S. I usually stay between 400 and 1600. Remember to set the minimum shutter speed to 1/125 sec. in order to have sharp pictures…….
Cameras come and go but when I bought a Leica M 240 I finally had a keeper. It was a beautifully crafted instrument with legendary optics that produced stunning images. So when I decided to sell the Leica and buy a Fuji X100T for street photography my friends nearly staged an intervention. But it turns out there were some very good reasons to make the switch. Hit the jump to find out why! I was totally content shooting with my ultra expensive Leica M 240. It was the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design and the 35mm f/2 Summicron lens produced breathtaking results. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed just about everything about the Leica. But when I reviewed the Fuji X100T for the site I realized some very important things about what I need in a camera……….
I think I’ve stated enough that I’m a people photographer. That’s why I shoot weddings. I love being around people – well at least when I’m behind a camera. I love to watch people, imagine what they’re up to, what’s going through their heads. I THINK I’m quite good at reading people, and that maybe helps me in my wedding photography? I’ve almost completely lost all interest in landscape photography just now. I find it too static, but in a world overloaded with people & faces, every day offers a remarkable array of photo opportunities. I’m extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living, but I also know that I work VERY hard at it. You have to. To think 6 or 7 years ago when I started shooting a lot again after a few years break, I had said then „I’m not doing weddings again!“ , but then, here I am now, absolutely loving it…….
Thomas Moore is Chicago-based graphic designer and photographer. His main gig is doing design work for record labels, bands and festivals. He shoots bands when the opportunity presents itself and takes his camera for walks whenever he have free time. What inspired you to become a photographer? I first became interested in taking pictures watching my mom use her Argus Brick. The design of that camera really caught my eye……
The sun knocked its way through the curtains and freckled light over our white bedspread. I could tell by the golden hue that it was a spectacular morning. As usual, I had missed sunrise but was still motivated to make the best of my day off, ready for a day out in Tokyo. After adjusting to the light, I quietly wrangled my legs from the tangled sheets and slipped off “my side” of the bed. With coffee mug in hand, I moved into my office. My workstation was impeccably clean with all of my inspiration mindfully placed on the shelves. In contrast, the rest of my space was a catastrophe. A few days worth of consecutive portrait shoots had me spread thin and apparently apathetic about returning my gear to its proper place……