Liverpool Street ...

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Since getting the Fuji X100 I have been trying to shoot with it as much as possible and it has become my daily carry camera.

I have talked about trying street photography some a while, have tried it before but with a DSLR it’s not ideal as they attract too much attention or cause people to close down/walk away.

So to give the X100 a good run out I met up with Mark and headed in to Liverpool to shoot some street.  The weather was bad with dull overcast sky’s which meant giving the X100 a run at high ISO values (1600-6400).  You can see Marks post on his blog on the link below.

http://markboadey.com/street-photography-with-the-fujifilm-x100/

Most of the images are black & white apart from the odd few that are stronger in colour. And some of them are detail/architecture shots, just a few.

Before we get in to the images I want to say I can see me shooting more Street in the coming months/years, its freeing being able to relax my own strict rules I put on myself… Shooting street can be either meticulous, shoot from hip or a set up portrait and I like having that choice and being able to shoot a bit looser.  Now don’t get me wrong I am not talking eff it and spray and pray this stuff but just relaxing a little, framing does not have to be perfect at all times.. I mean it can’t be if shooting from the hip, I don’t have to shoot manual exposure.. Everything does not have to be perfect….Ha .. That’s such a stupid goal or pressure to set yourself!  I have not shot a perfect Image ever.. expect I never will, I actually don’t think a perfect photograph exists.  After all this is all subjective right?

Ok enough of that before I start to ramble…Here are some images from the day, exported 28 (not all shown) from the 170 I shot (battery life on the X100 sucks…. And really sucks in the cold).  I’m still waiting on my 2 spares to arrive, will most likely order another.

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This is Ian from Ship in a Bottle (http://www.theshipinabottle.co.uk/ ). It’s a great shop that sells all kinds of world beers/ales.  I bought me and Mark some to try one of which was a local brew I had not tried, they went down nicely.  Whilst talking to Ian I made a portrait of him, this is just available light with the Fuji X100.  
This is Ian from Ship in a Bottle (http://www.theshipinabottle.co.uk/ ). It’s a great shop that sells all kinds of world beers/ales.  I bought me and Mark some to try one of which was a local brew I had not tried, they went down nicely.  Whilst talking to Ian I made a portrait of him, this is just available light with the Fuji X100.  


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This guy spotted me, did not look happy.. I moved on.

This guy spotted me, did not look happy.. I moved on.

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Mark was making an image of a boat spotter so I figured would make an image of him making an image. Kind of.

Mark was making an image of a boat spotter so I figured would make an image of him making an image. Kind of.

Museum of Liverpool.. really must call in to this place and the one in Manchester soon.
Museum of Liverpool.. really must call in to this place and the one in Manchester soon.
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I took a photograph of this guy and his wife with his 60D, I may of changed a few settings on his camera as it was set on Landscape Auto.. I set it to manual to dial in exposure and fill flash.. Forgot to set it back, hope he spots it.   A short while after he came over to ask about the Fuji X100, nice fellow.

I took a photograph of this guy and his wife with his 60D, I may of changed a few settings on his camera as it was set on Landscape Auto.. I set it to manual to dial in exposure and fill flash.. Forgot to set it back, hope he spots it.   A short while after he came over to ask about the Fuji X100, nice fellow.

Mark taking a photo for some tourists on their phone, we even spotted someone walking around using an IPAD as a camera… any camera works.. but you’re a walking mug me target doing that.

Mark taking a photo for some tourists on their phone, we even spotted someone walking around using an IPAD as a camera… any camera works.. but you’re a walking mug me target doing that.

Nick Nolte?..   This guy stopped us to talk about the X100. Turns out he’s a big film shooter with MF Leica.
Nick Nolte?..   This guy stopped us to talk about the X100. Turns out he’s a big film shooter with MF Leica.
Ok ok it’s not street… I have a weakness for sky shots/sunsets.  Still prefer having a person in the shot lit though.
Ok ok it’s not street… I have a weakness for sky shots/sunsets.  Still prefer having a person in the shot lit though.
One of the weakest of the set, yet I have still put it in the post. I don't quite know why.
One of the weakest of the set, yet I have still put it in the post. I don't quite know why.
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Making Ice Angels.. They make their own ice for it to remove air bubbles.
Making Ice Angels.. They make their own ice for it to remove air bubbles.
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She does not look happy…
She does not look happy…
I used a small LED light that was attached to the market stall for this shot, noticed people passing through the light and figured it would be better than no light at all.. its was getting dark!
used a small LED light that was attached to the market stall for this shot, noticed people passing through the light and figured it would be better than no light at all.. its was getting dark!


I really enjoyed walking around light on gear.  I am heading out again this weekend.  More posts to come and my thoughts about the X100. 

Rick