Walking and photography go hand in and hand .. at least to me. Stick me in a studio and I would go crazy. Give me a camera of any kind and I will walk all day trying to make photos of some substance. There's the obvious benefits of walking, especially during your lunchtime, and then there's the not so obvious. Working in downtown Rochester isn't the same as a bigger city because on any given day there's rarely a spot where there's a cluster of people. There has to be a purpose and an inner bravery when making candid photos in the wide open. Everyone is going to notice you and someone is going to object to you taking a photo of them or question your intent on taking photos in public. I'm always ready to answer any question honestly. Answering "because I can" rarely does anyone good.
Personally, when someone confronts me, I avoid telling them I'm a street photographer. In fact, I cringe when someone calls me a street photographer. In theory, some/most of what I do is street photography. I just like making photos. Besides, the amount of people who try or practice classic street photography locally really have no idea that it is just candid photography of people. Let's not even get into knowing what makes a great image and what doesn't.
I'm admittingly pretty rusty at the moment. When I have been shooting, I've been using my Retina, which has a 50mm lens. I'm pretty slow and deliberate with that camera. Today, I walked with my Fuji XT-1 (with 23mm lens) and stalked the crosswalks and busier sidewalks. My favorite subjects are the many lawyers that work downtown.
Since we are talking gear. I set my camera at auto-ISO (200 to 6400) with a minimum shutter speed of 1/500 and an aperture of f/16. Rest of the settings:
- Monochrome +R
- Dynamic Range: 100%
- Sharpness: +1
- Highlight Tone: +2
- Shadow Tone: +2
- Noise Reduction: -2
While I didn't get any keepers, It was 30 minutes of shooting, breathing fresh air, getting the heart rate up and reintroducing the muscle memory with using this camera and which spots to stand in at this focal length.