A few weeks ago I went up to London to visit the Photographers gallery and check out the Mass Observation exhibition (excellent – sadly now finished) with my good friend David, and then spent an afternoon introducing him to the fine art of street photography (to which he took to pretty naturally).
For the most part I wore my Fuji X-E1 around my wrist using a wrist strap, with my finger on the power switch. Settings were pretty much 1/250th of a second, f4-f8 and auto ISO up to 6400, and manual focused/zone focused so that if I saw something interesting approaching, I could power on, and just raise the camera to my eye and shoot, all within seconds – often without my subject even realising. I used both the 18-55 and the 35 mm, but I really liked being forced to think with my feet within the constraints of the 35mm…….
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Earlier this year, my friend Rupert Abbott asked me if I wanted to mount an exhibition of my photos at Baitong, his restaurant and meeting space in Phnom Penh. I was a bit hesitant at first, because although I quite like my own photos, I don’t necessarily expect anyone else to like them, let alone buy them. However, he put me in touch with Matt Cuenca, an artist who runs the exhibition space at Baitong, and he inspired me to show some of my Phnom Penh street photography. But which shots should I show? I suggested to Matt that I send him a collection of my favourites and that he make a selection around a particular theme. The theme he came back with was ‘A day in the life of Phnom Penh’, one photo for every hour, dawn to dusk…..
The photos were shot with a Fuji X-Pro 1 and Olympus EM5. I wonder if any of you can tell which is which?
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Over the years, I have learned a lot of lessons about street photography. Below is a compilation of some quotes, thoughts, and philosophies which have influenced me and my street photography. None of my ideas are original – some are based on personal experiences and others are based on ideas I heard from books, lectures, and on the internet. And of course, this is not a definitive list of what you “have to do” in street photography – rather it is some of my personal thoughts ….
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For me a huge part of photography and in finding a personal style is in learning how to see. It’s something that’s not easy and takes some time to figure out. Earlier I was focused on learning how to use the camera and different lenses, I was focused on learning different processing styles and I was learning how to edit my photos. Through all the practicing I was also learning how to see. I’m constantly in the process of learning how to see and really learning how ‘I’ see. Learning how ‘I’ see is what’s most important to me because it’s how I believe my personal style will come about. It will be my unique take on the world and the things and people who I photograph. Often I will just go out to shoot and just photograph what catches my eye but there are some moments when I will not take a single picture and just watch people. I’ll take some pictures with my eyes and mind to practice, to think about and understand why I noticed something or why I would take a picture of it or what angle and framing I would use to best capture a scene or moment. At times it’s just observing to get inspired to even shoot a person in the environment or a detail that speaks to me. The question I continue to ask myself is “Why?”. Why take this picture? Why am I attracted to certain people and things? What’s my message? Why does it interest me? Even when I go through others photographs I’ll ask this question to myself. Why do I like it? Why did they take the photo? Why that angle? I’ll ask why with regards to possible camera settings and possible focal lengths. This also really helps me to learn more about myself and also the photographer who took the photo. There are other factors in finding my personal style like the cameras I use, the settings I use, the quality of light I use, and many others but I think that learning how “I” see is at the top of the list. I feel that as I continue to learn, experiment and figure this out that my style will continue to evolve and grow but I also feel that it’s such a rewarding experience because it is such a challenge…..
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USA. New York. 2000. © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos
If you are not familiar with the work of Elliott Erwitt, you have definitely seen many of Elliott Erwitt’s iconic work all around the globe. As one of the original Magnum members and former president, he has one of the longest spanning photography careers- spanning over 50 years. What I most appreciate about Elliott Erwitt is his wry sense of humor when looking at the world– as well as his straightforward and nonsensical philosophies about photography. When sharing his thoughts and advice, I think he is one of the most practical and helpful- especially based on his decades of experience. I share some things I personally have learned from him in the article below…..
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Shot with the Fuji X-pro 1 with the 35mm 1.4
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As those who know me personally will know, my digital photographic life has been turned upside-down in recent months by my Fujifilm X100. This compact, high-quality big-sensor rangefinder-style camera inspired me in ways that no digital camera before was able to do, and completely changed my idea of what the digital side of my workflow should be. Loving the X100 and wanting to take things to the next step, I have sold off all of my Canon DSLR equipment and have now invested in the X100′s interchangeable-lens big brother, the Fujifilm X-Pro1. I’ve been shooting with the X-Pro1 and the 35mm (equivalent to a 50mm on a full-frame camera) f/1.4 lens now for several days, and have been continually blown away by the photos I’ve been getting from it. I’ve thrown it into several different situations – portraits, street, concerts, etc. – and have been learning how it behaves and responds. It’s everything I loved about the X100, taken to a new level……
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Had an amazing few days walking around Manhattan with my Fujifilm X-Pro1 at the end of last week. Took along my 18-55mm zoom, 35mm f/1.4 lens and an old Nikon 50mm f/1.4D (using an adapter). On some days I also brought along an old medium format Yashicamat 124G TLR to shoot some film, but haven’t developed it yet. This was my 3rd visit in the last four years, and the first using a smaller mirrorless camera instead of a big, bulky, heavy, conspicuous DSLR. What a difference! The Fuji doesn’t draw much attention (except from other photographers, who want to ask questions!), making it perfect to blend in on the streets. I could (and did) walk the streets all day without even noticing the gear I was carrying. For outdoor walking around, I would normally set my camera around f/8 1/250th and auto-ISO and zone focus about the distance people would be as I’d pass them by. Camera would be mounted around my neck with the zoom at 18mm, with my finger on the shutter. If I saw something/someone interesting, I’d take a photograph. Didn’t always get the shot, but my hit rate was certainly better than if I had tried to bring the camera to my eye and composed a quick shot…….
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This is the Street Collective.
This is work you must learn from. A collection of the world’s best street, documentary, and fine art photographers. It is energetic. Gritty. In your face and brutally honest. It is a genre of photography not for the faint of heart. Or the unsure. These are images that look for that decisive moment in the chaos. In a lot of ways street photography is one of the most accessible genres to shoot. That’s because there’s no set path, or widely accepted standard. Yet there are some photographers who never stop searching for that perfect moment…..
The Street Collective was the result of many hours interviewing top photographers such as Bryan Formhals (of LPV Magazine) and World Press Award winner Laura Pannack about their process and how they achieve their unique looks. We did this to help our audience learn what it takes to make great street photography. It’s completely free, and we’re trying to get the word out about this.
You can see the free e-book here and download your own copy:
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This week we have a guest post from Russell Dawson, a landscape photographer turned street photographer. His journey with the Fuji X-Pro 1 makes for interesting reading. The fixed lens X100 is a well respected street camera so I was excited to hear how Russell found the more adaptable Xpro. Russell Dawson started with Landscapes but has branched into street photography. I bought the Xpro after reading many blogs and reviews. I come from a mainly landscape background and most of my recent shots are on a Nikon D200. I have always been a lone shooter preferring my own company and the great outdoors. Street photography was never a style I thought I would be involved with. The series ‘Nothing Lasts Forever‘, along the Jurassic Coast, is a regular project that has created a book of B&W images which I self published three years ago and the new colour work for an exhibition in August here on the South Coast. I have also had a couple of commissions from magazines and done some commercial work. I also taught photography at the local college and for the local Adult Ed.
Finding my way into street photography
I had made several images of people while on location. But it wasn’t something I took too seriously. After having spent the last few years out in the landscape I decided to try a completely different style as a break. I headed into London for a day trip and enjoyed the day much more than I expected to. I came home with some really interesting images and I couldn’t wait to shoot the street again……
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