Category Archives: Street Photography

Bern, Europaplatz

Results from a short photowalk to the Europaplatz in Bern. Here, a tram line, a bus line and two commuting train lines cross. People get off and on public transport vehicles. There’s a supermarket, a pharmacy, some fast food places, and everything is covered by the bridge of a highway. There is also a cultural and religious centre, with jewish, hindu, buddhism centres, and a mosque. A place where people meet.

All but one photos taken with a Fujifilm X-Pro 2.

(Edited on 1st of May 2018. Replaced most images by S/W copies with strong contrast. Much more adequate for those graphic street photography pics.)

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Street photography with the Fuji X100 in Bern

For many months I haven’t taken my X100 out to the streets. Partly because I bought a Sony NEX-7 in February, and the attraction of that shiny new tool was too strong to resist. Partly because I needed a versatile camera with a wide range of focal lengths. And yes, the NEX-7 is a great, powerful camera, especially with the 18-200 superzoom lens. 

However, on Saturday I took out my X100 and went to shoot in the streets of Bern. The X100 feels great in the hand. It is such a pleasure to use. And it is completely quiet, which allows me to shoot people even from close without being noticed. The AF worked very well – reliable and fast. Lighting and white balance are, as usual with the X100, on the spot – even in very difficult light conditions. The dynamic range is amazing.

[Checking out chicks]

This shot made it to Flickr “Explored”.

 

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FIND: Film is not dead

A month ago I bought an old Contax G1 camera on eBay. I loaded it with some Kodak Gold 200 film from the lokal supermarket (waiting for a few rolls of Tri-X 400 to arrive) and gave it a test run. The Contax is pretty heavy when carried around with one hand – a lot heavier than my Fuji X100 and my NEX-7. It feels very solid and gives a great feeling when operated. Some people complain about “small and dark” viewfinder, but I found it OK.

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B/W photography with the MS Super Triplet 3.5/35 mm Perar lens, adapted to a Sony NEX-7

I recently purchased a very special lens that is hand made in Japan in very limited quantities. Individual lenses are numbered and the serial number is engraved in the front ring (mine is a Mark II design and version, serial no. #433). It comes with a Leica M mount, which can easily be adapted to the Sony E-mount and fits the Sony NEX series. The lens is tiny – it will hardly get any smaller. The aperture ring has no discrete stops and needs quite some force to be moved, which inevitably will change the focus ring as well. The focus ring, however, moves smoothly with just the right force.
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(The MS Optical Super Triplet adapted to the NEX-7.)

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About anticipation, preparation (master your gear!) and luck (or lack of luck)

Look at this: when I stumbled across this poster, held by the little Playmobil man, I immediately thought it would be a great background for a person in an orange workdress. I had about 15 minutes to spare, waiting for my commuting train, so I stayed and watched the scene: ANTICIPATION

 

 

 

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A night and a day on the streets in Bern with the Fuji X100

A night and a day on the streets in Bern with the Fuji X100

This weekend I had the opportunity to take the Fuxi X100 out on a photo safari in Bern. Some of the phots were taken at night (after 11 pm) in the station, some on a very warm and sunny afternoon in Bern. I was positively surprised that a relatively large fraction of the shots were quite usable, at least from the technical point of view (sharpness, noise,…). Speaking of noise: the Fuxi X100 virtually has no visible noise up to ISO 3200. I was again amazed by its low light performance.
 
[ There’s someone behind you, watching ]
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Street photography with the Fujifilm Finepix X100

Street photography with the Fujifilm Finepix X100

{If you would like to use any of my photos, please consider them as published under the “creative commons” licence (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons for details). In short: you may use any of these photos as long as you do not charge for them, and you have to mention my name as the owner/author in a clearly visible way. In simple words: feel free to use, but give credit and don’t steel.

Time.Captured. (Karsten Seiferlin)}

 

 

// Locarno, Piazza Grande //
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