Street View: Vancouver 01

The street photography bug has been eluding me lately and of all days for it to come back it was on a typical rainy fall day in the city. Normally I neglect my camera on these days and stick to staring into my laptop at other peoples great work and wishing the weather was better. Today though I had a little bit of extra motivation to get me out of the house.

I recently picked up Fuji's cute 27mm pancake lens to slim down my street kit. I have to say it does make my camera look like its sized for a dwarf. When I look at it I actually tend to forget that it is quite a powerful camera/lens combo, looks can be deceiving. Thats all the better though as it keeps me incognito when I am pointing my lens at people. I'm not entirely sure if it was the lens that made me look less intimidating or the confidence it gave me in blending into the shadows with the camera. People do not seem to care as much as I thought they did about having there photo taken. They are much too pre-occupied with whatever business is cluttering their minds. 

As usual while shooting I wasn't entirely sure if I got anything I wanted or how the lens was going to perform. I like to call that shooting without expectations, its quite meditative actually. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised with the snaps I got and the 27mm performed admirably. I believe the advent of having to move around more to get the right framing gets me noticing things I might not notice if I were to just zoom in with my 18-55mm lens. So if you ever want to look un assuming behind the lens to get some candid shots, I highly recommend picking up a pancake lens.

 

Portra 4 Ya

The famous Kodak Porta 400. Again another first-time use of a professional 35mm film.

There is much that is said about the enviable tones of this $12 roll. I have to say it is quite the treat to shoot on. The people who talk Portra up so much are not lying. Thankfully I have friends that do cool and weird things that make for great pictures.

This roll is great for portraits and capturing accurate skin tones. Its dynamic range makes enables you to shoot for the shadows. Aka overexpose your meter reading by a stop or so that way your shadows retain great detail. The highlights tend to retain a lot of information even when they are slightly overexposed.

Next time I buy Portra it will be in bulk not just one roll. Say bye bye to the $$ and hello to an extremely focused shooting style. The price point definitely forces me to savor my shots and really pay attention to them which I believe is great for developing the photographic eye.

Whats your feelings on Portra? do you love it? or hate how "cool" it is to use?