The spontaneity of life on the streets

The thing that I enjoy most about shooting street photography is the sheer spontaneity of it. Much of the time it is an effort to get something decent or interesting. However, once in a while, interesting characters pop up, like in the images below. Also I like little interesting interactions between people, often situations that I have ‘setup’ by creative framing, rather than actual interactions between people. Still, it’s spotting those little moments that makes photography so intriguing for me.

I am not much for pre-planned or prepared working in photography, I much prefer to just see what happens. This is one of the reasons that of all the different areas that photography encompasses, my own interests fall within street photography and landscape. Both are areas that you have little influence over what is happening.

Film and digital

No, it’s not a debate about one being better than the other. As far as I am concerned shoot both and enjoy them both. We are lucky that we still can. One thing I have noticed of late is that even though I take both film and digital with me when I go out. The film camera is staying in the bag more and more. Partly, this is because I don’t have enough time to process and scan film nowadays, but also because the little Fuji’s are just so much fun to use. They have very fast and accurate in its focussing. However, I do love the look of film, so I need to have a think about how better to work these two approaches together better. Tricky.




Test shots

I have recently got hold of a Fuji XT2, so have been testing it out for street photography. Usually, if I want to shoot digital and have the flexibility of a zoom, I need to use my Canon DSLR. It’s doable, but definitely not the most subtle camera. Also, I always shoot with the strap wrapped around my wrist. I don’t like parking a camera around my neck. The Fuji is great, as it is very light in comparison to the Canon. My arm often feels that it is going to dislocate with the weight after an hour or so of walking around with the DSLR.

The other advantage the Fuji holds, is that as it is a mirrorless camera the EVF can display the scene in monochrome. As my preference is for black and white images, this is pretty perfect from my point of view – especially with Fuji’s wonderful Acros setting!

I also do a little (not enough in my opinion!) landscape photography. I did compare photos from the Canon and the Fuji. The Canon was better (you would expect that, I guess, from a full frame 30mp camera). However, there really wasn’t much in it.