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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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.

Trip to Toronto and Chicago

 

This past summer my wife and I were able to squeeze in a trip to Toronto and Chicago after shooting a wedding in Jacksonville, Florida.  I had some extra days to burn, so we managed to fit this trip into our plans.  Toronto and Chicago have been two cities I’ve wanted to visit since I’ve gotten into Instagram.  I follow some awesome photographers who were from these two awesome cities and because of them, I had to fit these cities into our travel plans for 2016.

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After Toronto, we visited Chicago for three days.  We took the train from the airport to our hotel.  Our first steps on the Chicago streets made us realize how small we are in this world.  The buildings in Chicago are MASSIVE.  We took the architecture tour and loved it!  We were lucky to have our hotel next to Millennium Park.  It was one of our favorite places we saw in Chicago.  Millennium Park is known for The Bean, but my favorite part of the park was the fountains.  The pictures I took there were my favorite pics I took on this trip.

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Between the two cities, Chicago will be the first city we’d return to.  We loved Toronto, but Chicago was awesome.  We felt that our stay was too short and there’s still so much more to see.  We always try to maximize our trips, squeeze in as many cities as we can in a small amount of time.  Hopefully Chicago will be on our itinerary for our next trip.

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Streets of San Francisco


Being a street photographer in Sacramento, can be hard.  My buddy and I would walk 5 miles plus and come away with only 10 “money shots”.  I’ve tried to change my focus while on the street but I struggle to find the keepers.  Maybe I’m too stuck in my ways.  I can’t complain too much, especially when you’re with good company. 



Going to SF is my escape.  San Francisco is a bigger city with more “life”.  I usually come away a lot more keepers in SF than I would in Sacramento.  With street photography, I prefer to capture the wider scenes with lots of shadows, contrast, lines and angles.  I love using my Ricoh GR and Fuji X100t for street photography.  These cameras allow me to be more discreet and not disrupt the flow of Streetlife.  I’ve tried to go back and do street with my Nikon DSLR and I struggle to get the shots I would get with my too compact bodies. 



Of course while in San Francisco, you have to lookup. I like taking architecture photos almost as much as street.  I normally walk around with a 35mm so I try to make it work with my restrictions. 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Early this year, My wife and I traveled to Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand.  This was my first time flying over to Asia.  I never had a desire to travel to Vietnam, until I got into street photography.  Street photography makes me want to travel and see the world.  Our first stop in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City.

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My first morning walking around Ho Chi Minh City, I knew that motorcycles will be the recurring theme in the photos I take on this trip.  It’s the most convenient form of transportation for these congested streets.

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The traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is crazy.  Never have I seen so many motorcycles.  It was scary crossing the street.  The traffic won’t stop for you.  If you decide to cross the street, you have to commit to it and not hesitate.

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Walking around Ho Chi Minh City, we saw so many random scenes.  Almost every corner we saw something we’ll never see back in the states.  After a while, we weren’t surprised by what we saw.

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With the amount of traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, I thought it would be awesome to get some panning shots.  This is probably my favorite technique I’ve learned in photography.

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Ho Chi Minh City was one of our favorite cities we’ve visited on this trip.  We had a good time enjoying the street food, exploring the city, and taking photos.  I’ll end it with one of my favorite photos I’ve taken on this trip.  Of course it’s a panning shot, but the eye contact with the passenger on the motorcycle just topped it off for me.

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The Men of Ho Chi Minh City

Last Month, my wife and I went on vacation.  We went to Vietnam and Thailand.  We visited Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Hanoi, Nha Trang, and Dalat.  I never really wanted to go to Vietnam until I saw my brother’s street photos from his trip to Vietnam last year.  Ever since I got into street photography, I want to travel more and explore new places.  I picked up a Ricoh GR for my street photography.  It’s small, compact and the images are awesome, especially the black and white.

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Our first stop was Ho Chi Minh City.  I was told, when shooting street photography I should to try to focus on one thing when walking the streets and only shoot that.  One of  the subjects I decided to focus on, were the motorcycle taxi drivers.  Almost everywhere I turned I saw them sitting on their motorcycle waiting for customers.

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It was awesome to see how many ways they can sit on their motorcycles.  Sometimes they’re  a bit shy.

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When they’re not shy, they’re just really comfortable, or just had a long day.

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Walking around with my little workhorse, The Ricoh GR, makes capturing pictures like these so easy and fun.  It’s so convenient and I love the quality of the photos that I get from this little camera.  It allowed me to capture these awesome moments as my wife and I explored the city.  Check out Ho Chi Minh City if you ever visit Vietnam.  Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City is a must!

 

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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