The Real Street Thread II

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I came across this old, 2004 photo while backing up some local photos to my Smugmug account. Back then I would only occasionally dabble in street photography when I had to drive my Mom into Chinatown to do some shopping. This was shot with a Minolta Dimage A1, my first "serious" digital camera. 5mp and a very shallow dynamic range.
 

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A few pictures I made very recently (on a rainy day):

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Those cute little boots (porcelain plant pot) were just too cute and irresistable.

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That sunflower caught my eye like a spark of color in the dull grey day of typical English weather ... only at home had I realized it's not a real flower but a sticker. The shape of the window is a bit odd because I was shooting from down the street up above a restaurant/pub and applying some perspective correction helped a bit but it did give a bit of a pincushion effect.

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Don't know exactly why but I just liked the geometry and the extra contrast boost from the wetness of the rain.

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This was one of "those" moments where you walk the street but then your feet stop, your head cracks towards what the corner of the eyes see and the brain farts its intelligence and your mouth just runs on its own: WTF ?!?

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Just test driving the AF-C and Real-Time Tracking ... and I still can't find my bloody socks !?!
 

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Bruce Lee!
This is an example of where micro four thirds would've been better than APS-C. I used f/4 and focused on the mural. From my m43 usage, that would probably give me enough DoF to render passersby with reasonable sharpness. But of course with an APS-C sensor (Fuji X100V) the DoF was shallower and the person was a bit too out of focus. I had to throw the image into Photoshop to do some very localized sharpening masking to make her look in focus without introducing a ton of noise.
Shooting with the X100V has made me appreciate the added DoF of m43. I find that I usually want more DoF than really shallow DoF.
 
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Bruce Lee!
This is an example of where micro four thirds would've been better than APS-C. I used f/4 and focused on the mural. From my m43 usage, that would probably give me enough DoF to render passersby with reasonable sharpness. But of course with an APS-C sensor (Fuji X100V) the DoF was shallower and the person was a bit too out of focus. I had to throw the image into Photoshop to do some very localized sharpening masking to make her look in focus without introducing a ton of noise.
Shooting with the X100V has made me appreciate the added DoF of m43. I find that I usually want more DoF than really shallow DoF.
Fantastic shot! How long did you have to sit and wait for the perfect opportunity?
 

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Pure Hawaiian - a lovely man.
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Fantastic shot! How long did you have to sit and wait for the perfect opportunity?
Thx. Actually it didn't take long at all, maybe 3-4 minutes in total. It couldn't have been any longer since my wife was with me and it was raining. ;-) Before I committed to taking the shot, I looked up and down the block to confirm that people were coming. Otherwise I would've just taken a photo to save it as a mental bookmark and come back another time.

There were 5 sets of passersby that I photographed but this person was perfect because she was short enough to fit in the hand plus her appearance was dominated by that large, solid blue colour.
Oddly enough, my wife who is not into photography said that she wishes she had her phone handy (and not zipped up in her backpack) because she wanted to take a picture of me photographing other people. I was wearing a black t-shirt and she said that me standing there, photographing people against that black mural, would have made for a good photo. I noticed that she's doing that more often now; spotting photo opportunities without having any intention of pursuing street photography.

Here are all my photos from that location. As you can see, I'm more of a burst mode brute than a "decisive moment" artiste.

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I was this way also with my Olympus and then Fujifilm gear and got tired of going through all the images.. Then I picked up a Leica Rangefinder and now I'm hooked on just slowing down and waiting for that moment..
I feel the pain of too many images to go through I have 40K digital in 2020 sitting in LrC and it was probably closer 50-55K imported toward the latter part of 2020 I started deleting a lot more.

I went to film for the slow down. A Minolta XD and a bunch of SR mount lenses that I bought mostly to adapt to MFT, a Himatic 9, Rolleiflex TLR and an Argus TLR, and various other less used bits. I pretty much shoot, dev and scan only BW film. I do shoot color sometimes when I get old rolls handed to me by friends or came a used camera purchase but they sit in a refrigerator from not wanting to pay high sums for color dev and scan. I'm still kind of shutter happy but the cost per frame acts as a good limiter.
 

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I feel the pain of too many images to go through I have 40K digital in 2020 sitting in LrC and it was probably closer 50-55K imported toward the latter part of 2020 I started deleting a lot more.
I haven't found that using burst mode has negatively impacted my workflow, at least not in terms of work vs. results. I use FastStone image viewer to quickly scan through my SD card and flag the images I want to copy to my computer. Then I import only those photos into my Lightroom catalog. So for a given scene I will have anywhere from 1 to 5 shots to examine in close detail in LR before deciding which to work with. After I'm done working with the chosen photo, I will delete the un-used photos from that scene a few days later. But I don't delete them from the SD card until a couple of weeks later (I format my cards about once a month) which is how I was able to show all the shots I took of that Bruce Lee mural.

Even when shooting a static scene, I find it useful to shoot multiple frames because with the X100V I tend to be shakier (no IBIS) so I like having the insurance of extra frames.
 
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I haven't found that using burst mode has negatively impacted my workflow, at least not in terms of work vs. results. I use FastStone image viewer to quickly scan through my SD card and flag the images I want to copy to my computer. Then I import only those photos into my Lightroom catalog. So for a given scene I will have anywhere from 1 to 5 shots to examine in close detail in LR before deciding which to work with. After I'm done working with the chosen photo, I will delete the un-used photos from that scene a few days later. But I don't delete them from the SD card until a couple of weeks later (I format my cards about once a month) which is how I was able to show all the shots I took of that Bruce Lee mural.

Even when shooting a static scene, I find it useful to shoot multiple frames because with the X100V I tend to be shakier (no IBIS) so I like having the insurance of extra frames.

We have a very similar style. :)
 

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