Bikes of Sacramento

I used to dread walking around Sacramento to do street photography.  My friend Gary and I would walk for hours and I would come away with only a few keepers.  I’m in good company so the walks aren’t as bad, but the problem is that I expect to get results like when I walk around San Francisco.  So instead of being disappointed in my lack of results, I decided to find something to focus on.  I used to bike a lot, so I wanted to focus on cyclists.


Focusing on cyclists means also capturing movement.  Panning is my favorite photography technique.  It takes a lot of practice and you’re more than likely to miss focus on a lot of shots, but it’s so rewarding when you nail focus.  With this technique, you have get a good feel of the pace of the subject.


For panning, my preference on shutter speed is about 1/15th when lighting permits.  Aperture and ISO depends on the time of day you’re shooting.  The main thing I focus on is shutter speed because it controls the motion blur.

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For 2017, I wanted to challenge myself with my street photography.  Looking at my photos, I noticed there are several shots I usually go for while out on the street.  It’s starts to be a routine or I get disappointed in not being able to get the shots I usually go for.  Another problem I have is that I tend to pack a lot of equipment with me when I’m out walking the streets.  I usually bring my Fuji X-Pro 2 with three lenses and also my Ricoh GR.  All this equipment in my bag is overkill but I bring them anyways.  I feel compelled to use all of my lenses, even though most of the time one is all I need.  These are my babies and I shouldn’t neglect my babies right?

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So, my plan for 2017 is to just use one camera and one lens for each month.  After each month, I will either change camera or lenses.  I think simplifying my kit will allow me to just create and not worry about having to shoot with this lens or that camera.   I won’t have to carry a bagful of lenses anymore.  Simplifying my kit will also force me to take a different approach from what I’m used to.

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To start the  year off, I will go with I’m most familiar with, the Fuji X-Pro 2 with 23mm lens.  This is the focal range I’m most used to using for street.  These shots were taken with this setup.  For more of my work, follow me on Instagram (@hhhuynh) http://www.instagram.com/hhhuynh.

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Starting 2017 off the right way

To start off the New Year, my wife and I decided to go hiking at Pena Adobe in Vacaville, CA.  We invited our good friends Gary and Jennifer to come along too.  We just recently shot their engagement photos there and wanted to explore it some more.  Nowadays, everywhere I go my camera comes with.  Here are some photos from yesterday’s hike. 

Sacramento Street Walks

I’ve lived in Sacramento for most of my life. I was born in Longview, WA but moved to Sacramento eight months after I was born.  Before picking up photography, I never really walked around Downtown Sacramento all that much.  Since picking up photography, I’ve explored a lot of Downtown Sacramento.  I occasionally explore and scout locations with my wife but most of the time it has been with my buddy Gary Brisco (https://gbriskblog.wordpress.com).

I was fortunate to meet Gary at my first “instameet” I attended at Temple Coffee.  We’ve been buddies ever since.  We’re both the same age and both share similar interests.  The awesome thing is that we both love street photography.  We’ve covered a lot of ground in Sacramento and San Francisco over these last two years and hopefully we’ll be able to continue our growth in street photography.

Out of Place

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Last weekend, I did a shoot with Tara Caldwell, out in Locke, California.  It’s about 30 minutes away from Downtown Sacramento.  This is the third time I’ve shot with Tara.  This is probably my favorite shoot.

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I chose this location because I knew there was going to be a lot of different looks we can get from location. It’s a very small little town but with lots of character.  I knew of this town because my wedding photos were taken some time ago.  I knew this town was very small so we tried to make the most out of it.

For portraits, I mainly use my Nikon D750.  The lenses I normally use for portraits are the Sigma Art 35mm, Sigma Art 50mm, Nikkor 85mm f1.8, and Tamron 70-200mm f2.8.  My favorite lenses are the two Sigma Art lenses.  For this shoot it was a mix of the 35mm and 85mm.  The 35mm was used for tight shots or to include the environment and show off the contrast between Tara and the background.

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The 85mm was used to blow out the background and isolate Tara and the background.  I’ve also been wanting to use this lens a lot more for portraits.

I prefer to do shoot urban portraits rather than nature.  I like to incorporate a lot of lines and angles into my shots.  Stairs are a must!!  These are my “go-to” shots.

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If you’re ever in the area, you should check out Locke, California.  It’s right in between Sacramento and Stockton.  I’m going to end it with one of my favorite shots from this shoot.  This picture is exactly why I wanted to shoot here.

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