Capitol Hill Photowalk and Some Thoughts on "Street Photography"

Street photography is my most favorite genre of photography to look at it. To me it is the purest form of photography. It is a little bit less about technique and a little bit more about capture the person, the moment, or the location. I also believe it is very historically significant…maybe I should try to define street photography first.

Unfortunately, like a lot of things in photography, people get pretty angry and strict on how they define street photography. I really don’t want to get into all that, I think it is kinda stupid. For me, street photography is simply trying to capture the essence of a city through photographs. Buildings, streets, details, cars, and of course people all make up what a city is. Street photography captures a moment in history in a particular place.

Within that overarching genre there are so many individual styles of shooting. I am a fairly shy person and am therefore not great at some of the more aggressive styles, though I am working to get better. I think that is the beauty of it though, everybody views and approaches it differently and views the city differently. I have SO much room to grow, but one of my dreams would be to be remembered as one of the photographers that helped capture the Denver area and its changes through the 2020’s and 2030’s. I know that is a big dream, but it is what keeps me motivated.

I was downtown yesterday after work and had my gear with me so I decided to walk around. The light was pretty bad but I needed a break anyways. I decided to walk around the Capitol Hill area just south of the capitol and found all these really wonderful Modern and Art Deco buildings that have been cleaned up and turned into apartments. I am not super stoked with any of these pictures really, but I did find quite a few places that I would love to come back to when the light is better.

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Fuji XE-2 | XF23mm f2 | XF 35mm f2 | XF50mm f2 | VSCOfilm Gold 200


Eastlake Colorado

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There is this little community in Thornton Colorado called Eastlake. It is an old country town that somehow has remained mostly unchanged as the metropolis of Denver slowly surrounded it. It is mostly abandoned but still has a lot of charm, but it is about to change…

Later this year the Denver Light-Rail system will open its newest line and station right in the heart of Eastlake. My prediction is that this will bring massive change to the area. I think the charm of Eastlake will be quickly discovered and we will see new business and growth in the area. I am actually really excited about the change. I think it could turn into a really awesome community less than 5 minutes from our house. There is a bit of melancholy to it as well. Change is always a little bit sad, even when it is for the better.

A couple weeks ago on my birthday, while the kids were sleeping, I stole a couple hours away to spend some time making images. I wandered around Eastlake and tried to capture a little bit of the way it is now, before the changes happen. I am actually not stoked with these pictures, I don’t love the lighting and I think I can do better. They inspired me though to consider turning this into a bigger project. I think I am going to try to go back to Eastlake every couple months and document the change as it happens. It deserves to be remembered how it was and documented as it changes.

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Testing the Fuji 16mm f2.8 in Downtown Denver

First off, this is not a review. I may do a full review eventually, but this is just a test and some observations. The other day I finally got the chance to take the new Fuji 16mm f2.8 WR out for a spin, and I will say right off the bat, I really like this lens. It took me a minute to get used to the wider field of view, but not as long as I thought. At least in a scenery like wondering around a city, it is perfect for capturing the whole experience. There is some distortion as to be expected, and it isn’t the sharpest lens at f2.8, but it is small, light, and a ton of fun.

I think the 16mm combined with the 35mm f2 would make a killer everyday and travel setup. I definitely plan on selling my 23mm f2 as I never really loved it and the 16mm replaces it for me. I am going to hold on to the 50mm f2 for now because it makes a KILLER portrait lens and I am not quite ready to let that go yet.

Anyways, its a fun lens, I am sure I will post more pictures from it soon…also I need to wander around downtown a little more than I currently do.

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Street Photography is a Practice

Street photography is weird. At first you think you can just go out and do it, but pretty quickly you realize it takes a lot of practice to get good at. Thats where I am at now, I am am just trying to consistently go out and practice. I try not to go in with any expectations of good shots, I just grab my camera and go and practice. Some are good, and some suck.