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?


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.


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.


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.