Monday, September 15, 2014

Roll: Metropolis (Part 1)

A few months ago, I bought another Nikon F from an estate sale. It's in much nicer condition than my previous F, which I have since sold. This last Saturday, along with Katie, I finally took my new F out with me to the River North and Wicker Park neighborhoods of Chicago.

My "new" Nikon F, with 50mm F/1.4 lens, standard prism, and soft release
The past month or so, I've been attempting to improve my candid/street photography. I'm naturally a very shy person (with a tad bit of social anxiety), so photographing and interacting with strangers on the street is something I don't naturally enjoy doing. However, I've begun to realize that a moment of uncomfortableness is worth it for a great photo. I've found that an awkward smile and a dorky thumbs up is usually enough to diffuse a situation where someone is weirded out that I'm taking their picture.  I'm getting closer, I'm getting ballsier, and I'm improving.

The photo at the top of the page is my favorite from the day, but here are some others photos I took. Everything was shot on my Nikon F with my 50mm F/1.4 and 24mm F/2.8 lenses. I used Ilford Delta 400 Film.

I'd appreciate any critique of my street photography work (or any of my work). I plan on continuing this "Metropolis" series over the next few months and beyond. Thanks for looking!