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?


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)