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


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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Denver Street Photography: Color

I ended up with way more color shots from this walk than I did monochrome ones. I LOVE black and white photography and I would really love to get goo at it, but I just see the world so much in color. I love color. I know this is an area that I need to grow, but I also want to embrace the fact that I do love color. 

These were all shot as JPEG's in my Fuji cameras using the Classic Chrome film simulation. I like the way it looks a lot, but I will probably shoot RAW from now on. I like having the control in post. These images could use just  little bit of "punch" as well. They are a little flat for me. 

Overall I like what I got. I am learning every-time I go out, but it is a hunt. Its like a game and it never gets old. I can't wait to hit the streets again. 

Denver Street Photography: Monochrome

I finally got the chance to actually walk around the city a little bit today and practice some street photography. I shot in both monochrome using the Across film simulation and in color using the Classic Chrome simulation. The color images will be in the next post. 

Street photography is very much a challenge for me. I have become competent and comfortable in the other forms of photography that I shoot, but when shooting on the street, I feel like a complete newbie. It is hard, much harder than I anticipated. I am pretty happy with the images that I got, but I have a very, very long way to go.