Here’s another iPhone 5s image shot from a bench in front of San Francisco’s Pier 3 with my iPhone 5s. Actually, this is three images overlaid on each other.
I selected the three images based on the placement of the people in the frame. I used Photoshop’s auto-align layers feature to get them into alignment and then applied layer masks to isolate the subjects. The monochrome conversion was done using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 along with some dodging and burning to adjust highlights, shadows, and contrast – along with a touch of toning.
The image isn’t perfect – if you look closely, you’ll see a few flaws. It’s one of those 90 percent complete solutions!
Cameras are just tools in the photographer’s trade – capturing moments of time and light onto a sensor. Frankly, there’s not that much of a noticeable difference in the results from cameras across a range of cost. It’s much more about the moment, the composition, and the light – than it is about the camera.
But, how the camera enhances the experience for the photographer does matter. Some cameras are a struggle to use – lots of menus, etc. Others are a delight and make things simple – easing the photographer’s workload rather than increasing it.
The Fujifilm X-T1 is one of the latest cameras that eases the experience for the photographer. Compared to a traditional DSLR, it’s delightfully small – with front and back grips that make it a perfect fit in the hand. The image quality of the Fujifilm X-Trans II sensor is superb – as is Fuji’s in camera JPEG processing and film emulation.
I’m looking forward to exploring a new world of photography with the X-T1 – and sharing my results. So far, just a few images in, it’s just superb.
Part of the joy of street photography for me is how unpredictable it can be. You turn, see a good opportunity for a shot and try to capture it – in the decisive moment as they say.
Here’s an example – the shot I composed was waiting for the distant fellow talking on his iPhone to get into a certain spot against that wall – acting as a stage. I was shooting with a telephoto from the curb of Market Street. As I’m waiting, this guy closer up walks right in front of me just as I’m snapping the image.
At first look, I thought the image was a throw away – he’d ruined my shot. Instead, considering it later, I actually like the image – they’re going in opposite directions, the closeup guy provides some sense of depth to the image, etc.
I processed it in a high key style using Lightroom 5 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Shot with my Fujifilm X-E2.