5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR Lens

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Recently, Fujifilm announced their 23mm f2 R WR lens for a very affordable $449 price point. This is the second lens in their lineup to offer an alternative traditional focal length for photographers that want an affordable lens and can’t afford the f1.4 versions. In many ways it follows the same formula that the 35mm f2 R WR does in comparison to the 35mm f1.4 R.

Considering this, there are loads of reasons why the 23mm f2 R WR lens should be very exciting for lots of Fujifilm camera users.

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Will Crooks’ Street Fashion Portraiture Proves The South Has Style


All Images by William Crooks. Used with Permission. 

Inspired by Bill Cunningham and Scott Schuman, William Crooks has developed his own take on street portraiture through his Wac Avenue series. “Originally, photography was simply a means of documenting the visually expressive individuals I would spot while walking through the small downtown of my home Greenville, SC. This grew into a passion for street portraiture and I found myself spending nearly every weekend scouring the streets for stylish strangers.” Crooks said of his experience.

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Roy Rozanski’s: Finding the Story in a Street Photograph


All images by Roy Rozanski. Used with permission.

Photographer Roy Rozanski is a 37 year old photographer who hails from Israel. He calls Tel Aviv his “main hunting ground” because it contains “a highly versatile street life packed full of different vibes, sounds and smells. This fact is impressive on its own especially for such a small city in comparison to some other big metropolis.” Through his work, he tries to find stories and to that end ignores all the more artistic entities that many other shooters see.

He claims influence from Martin Parr and Elliott Erwitt for example. “I am always looking to represent the street life through my own looking glass.”

To Roy, shooting street photography is the most challenging type of photography because nothing is staged or rehearsed beforehand. So using his Fujifilm X-T1, he goes about looking for stories.

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Street Photography With a Super Wide Angle

On My Way To Eiffel Tower

All images by Sebastian Boatca. Used with permission.

Some street photographers like shooting with a field of view that mimics the way that the human eye sees. They call it the human perspective–and it’s one the biggest pillars of many street shooters. But Sebastian Boatca likes experimenting with super wide angle perspectives.

This isn’t something that hasn’t been done though–some shooters use a GoPro. But the very wide perspective gives you something that is much different than most of what you see out there.

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Creating More Effective Street Photography Through Editing

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The idea of capturing great street photographs is one that sometimes forgets that the photo capturing process doesn’t end when the camera records the information. Instead, it continues into the darkroom or on your computer. Editing can also make a drab photo into one that is incredible–but this really happens only if you’re more experimental and embrace the idea of having fun with and playing with ideas to create something different.

In truth, it really isn’t that tough.

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Commuters: The Anonymous People of London’s Daily Commute

Spotted on the Underground

All Images By Mark Heathcote. Used with Permission. 

“What struck me about working on the street was how the mundane day to day can be made fantastic by freezing a moment in time. As I learned more, the concept of not being noticed fascinated me…” says photographer Mark Heathcote of his fascination with street photography, and the inspiration behind his running project Commuters, with which he documents his daily commutes to and from London. “[I] spend my journey observing the comedy and sadness of commuting; the arguments about seats, seeing one commuter punch another, the tactics to obtain a seat, and the tiredness of everyone…” For Mr. Heathcote, this was combined with a realization that although there were large numbers of people, they were all isolated individually, no-one speaking or making eye contact with each other.

That’s how he got the idea.

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The Social Experiences of Street Photography


All images by Chris Leskovsek. Used with permission.

“Black and white also helps with this as it strips the photo from unnecessary and distracting information.” says photographer Chris Leskovsek about his love of black and white street photography. “We live in an over informed society, so I try to keep it as simple as possible it is to me.”

Chris is a Chilean born Designer and Photographer, currently living and working in Auckland, New Zealand. He’s a graphic designer and took up photography partially as a tool for him to explore his surroundings. When photographing his subjects, he loves chatting and interacting with the people he photographs though he loved the idea of being the invisible photographer for a really long time.  It shows in his work as he’s been featured on The Huffington Post, Japan Camera Hunter, Olympus Magazine, D-Photo, ProPhotographer as well as in NZ Geographic Magazine.

And beyond that, he loves small cameras and comes across as incredibly real and candid about his work.

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Riccardo Magherini’s Mesmerizing Street Imagery From Bangkok


All Images By Riccardo Magherini. Used with Permission.

“I do like let myself get wrapped up by places and time layers, searching among the images a face, a gesture, bring it to the surface and play with it.” Italian street photographer Riccardo Magherini tells The Phoblographer. His series, BKK, is the latest of this works that feature cities from Tokyo to Hong Kong, Florence and NYC.

Magherini has grown passionate about big cities since he first started in photography in 2011, on a trip to Tokyo Japan. His work in now represented in France, England, and the US, but his passion has always been the Asian metropolises. BKK focuses on the people of Talat Noi, a bustling neighborhood in Bangkok’s Chinatown. It’s “full of mechanical workshops, food stalls and street rusty second-­hand car engines stack. A dense neighborhood, noisy and smoky, alive. It was the right choice.” Magherini says of the location.

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