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Photography Gear Review: The Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 Prime Lens Might Be My Favorite Street Photography Lens

I enjoy making photographs with the wide 24mm lens or the telephoto 75mm or 135mm prime lenses, instead of the more common 35mm or 50mm lenses that mimic the human eye. With the 24mm lens, I enjoy focusing close on a subject with the aperture wide open and filling the frame with it, while creating […]

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Learning Photography: Every Photograph I Make is a Visual Note For Photographs Not Yet Made

I have been thinking about three ideas last week, but didn’t quite know how to write about them. 1) The seed of this post was planted by a video by Ulysses Aoki in which he talks about “taking photographs of nothing, in the middle of nowhere”. As a street photographer, it would be amazing to […]

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Learning Photography: The Importance of Capturing the Moment and Mood in Street Photography

I went out for a long walk today, with my 75mm XF 50mm f2 lens. I have only done street photography with the 35mm and 50mm lenses so far, and I often found myself getting too close when framing the compositions, and having to back off. Once I made the adjustment, though, I really enjoyed […]

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Learning Photography: A Daily Practice of Making Photographs is a Form of Mindfulness Meditation

I’m learning — by observing my own experience, and by reading about the experience of others — that any repetitive daily practice, with attention and intention, begins to feel like mindfulness meditation. Reading, writing, walking, running, gardening, baking, sketching, painting the piano, even making photographs. I have been reading a lot of photography books. Some […]

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A Short Story About Photographs Not Yet Made

I wrote a short story, my first, about photographs not yet made. Hopefully, there will be more stories, maybe in the same setting, maybe on the same theme. Please do tell me what you make of it, but please be gentle. The Camera Cafe Photography Club We met at the Camera Cafe Photography Club at […]

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Learning Photography: The Many Types of Self-Portraits

I don’t like taking selfies and I don’t like being in selfies — the extended arm to fit the face and some context into the tight frame at the 28mm focal length, the slightly downward-facing flattering angle for hiding the double chin, the big smile we seem to reserve for when we are being photographed, […]

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Learning Photography: Discovering My Preferred Street Photography Style by Studying Photography Books and Portfolios

I have been reading a lot of photography books, especially street photography books, with an intention to discover my street photography style, by osmosis. Last week, I read three photography books that showcased a wide gamut of classical and contemporary street photographers with very different styles — Magnum Streetwise edited by Stephen McLaren, Street Photography […]

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Learning Photography: In These Wide Angle Cat Portraits, LeelaCat Becomes a Part of the Abstract Background Bokeh

I already knew I loved the wide angle 24mm focal length. It’s wide enough to capture the full scope of a room, or a street scene, or a landscape, while still minimizing distortions. I love my tiny XF 16mm f2.8 prime lens and like using both my XF 16-80 f4 and XF 10-24 f4 lenses […]

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Learning Photography: Experimenting With Fujifilm’s Film Simulation Profiles in FujiFilm X Raw Studio

Fujifilm cameras have a unique and much-beloved feature — film simulations based on classic film stock for in-camera RAW to JPEG conversion. ClassicChrome for color and Acros for black and white are my favorites. You can apply these film simulations in camera while shooting in JPEGs, or afterwards to RAW files by connecting the camera […]

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Learning Photography: The Decisive Moment is Really an Ongoing Moment

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s essay on the decisive moment is the source of one of the most influential ideas in photography: To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression. … […]