Los Angeles street photography with the Fuji X100F – Part two

Note: This is part two of a two part series featuring street photography from a recent trip to Los Angeles. To view part one click HERE.

As I was getting everything together for this article I happened to look back on my blog posts for this year and was surprised to see how much street photography I have posted.  I consider myself a candid and documentary photographer, which to me is an encompassing term that includes my street work, my travel work, my candid wedding photography and of course the education I provide.  In previous years, I put a lot of effort into ensuring that I always presented a balanced mix from the above genres on this site, but in 2017 there has definitely been more of a focus on new gear and street photography.  I think this is a direct result of something that I read late last year:

“Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.”

When I first read this I interpreted it to mean, in the context of my photography, that I should allow myself the space to shoot whatever speaks to me right now (client work notwithstanding of course) and to spend 2017 allowing my creativity and my vision to guide my work.  I think it is important for photographers to seek out new knowledge, but I also think it is important sometimes to step back and let your creativity guide you at times too.  This is what I have been focusing on his year.

I am planning upcoming trips to Europe and California in the fall which will provide a lot of new travel content for this site, but the truth is that when I am left to my own devices street photography speaks to me more than anything else right now.  It isn’t a new genre for me, I have always shot it, but this year it is giving me so much satisfaction as an artist.  I don’t need anything but my camera and a good pair of shoes.  I can shoot it almost anywhere, at anytime, with little to no planning.  It is the antithesis of much of the client driven work I produced for years and I know the gains I make on the street this year are benefiting all of the other aspects of my photography too.

And, to be a street photographer who has the opportunity to travel often to places like Los Angeles? It is an amazing thing.

So, with that said, here is part two of my LA street photography series from my recent family trip in March.  As I mentioned in part one of this series, my shooting time was very limited on this trip, so all of the images in both parts of this series are much more spur of the moment shots than I usually take.

In my next blog post I will be writing about the process of editing a body of work for a small gallery showing Fujifilm asked me to do.  Stay tuned!



22 thoughts on “Los Angeles street photography with the Fuji X100F – Part two

    • Ian says:

      Thanks Don! That other photographer is Rinzi Ruiz, one of our fellow Official X Photographers. If you haven’t seen it be sure to check out his work, it is excellent.



      • Ian says:

        The light is definitely different, and also much more consistent. Early in the day Rinzi and I shot together I set my camera to f/8, 1/500th, ISO 200. I only changed those settings once or twice in six hours (other than using exposure comp every now and then for effect).

  1. Sean D Hansen says:

    Awesome set of images. I especially love the second one of the man going up the stairs. It’s such an amazing blend of abstract forms and life-like details. The overall image really stands out, but there’s a lot of subtlety in the tones and details, too (like the shadows of the railing supports that go off to the right).

  2. balizachile says:

    They way you capture highlights and shadow is great on your b&w images.
    Do you shoot raw and then decide if the image stays as b&w or color? or you switch settings as you go along?

    • Ian says:

      I do both in a way. I shoot in compressed RAW usually, but I usually switch up my film simulation in camera as I often like to “see” in black and white.

      I am going to do a video on my street photography post production soon.



  3. chris lindsey says:

    those are awesome! i really love the way you are rendering black folks’ skin. exquisite! are you using one of the film simulations.

    • Ian says:

      Hey Chris!

      For street I always use Acros+R for my B&W and Classic Chrome for my colour work. After that it is all about the right light. 👍



  4. Howie says:

    Love your work and enjoy your blog posts. I was wondering, do you primarily shoot with the x100f of XP2. I want to move on from my canon dslr and debating whether to get the 100f or XP2. 100f is lighter and much cheaper to get into while XP2 is more versatile. Also, do you have must have accessories that you recommend for your cameras?

    • Ian says:

      I am about 80-90% X100F for my personal work. My paid work requires various focal lengths though and I use a pair of X-Pro2s for that. They are all great.

      I don’t use any accessories on the X-Pro2, but on the X100F I highly recommend a thumb grip. It definitely enhances the ergonomics of the camera.



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