Street Photography Inspiration: Mexico City at Night with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 56mm f1.2

Been thinking of doing some street photography at night? We have plenty of stuff to inspire you, the latest of which is a quick video of a night prowl around Mexico City.

Every city takes on a different character at night, as you’ve probably seen in a number of impressive street photography projects we’ve already shared here. Today, we’re adding yet another to our inspiration bank: a quick photo walk around Mexico City at night with some stunning photos to boot!

For his second street photography challenge, Danish street photographer Frederik Trovatten spent a night roaming the streets of Mexico City with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 56mm f1.2 lens. Watch how it went down in the quick video below:

“I didn’t expect it street photography in low-light situation would be a difficult as it was,” Trovatten said in his video’s description. He added that the night brings an extra set challenges to the street photographer. “Everything from editing, to exposure, dealing with the high ISO and nailing focus — everything gets more difficult at night, especially when it comes to street photography.”

The first thing I took note of in Trovatten’s photo walk is how he builds such a good rapport with the locals. It’s also great that even if he asks permission, his photos still look very natural. If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s best to just shoot and go, or ask permission before clicking the shutter, this could give you an idea on which approach to try first.

There’s also a nice variety of colors, elements, and activities that e put into his shots. This resulted in a very effective and eye-catching “slice of life” mood in all of these photos.

On a side note, if you’re curious about what he thinks of his camera of choice for the challenge, he also gave a quick review in the description. “The low-light performance of the Fuji X-T3 is actually pretty good I think and with the 1.2 56mm Fujinon lens, it becomes a bit easier to keep the ISO at a decent level with doing night street photography.”

Check out Frederick Trovatten’s YouTube channel to watch more of his street photography videos!

Screenshot image from the video by Frederick Trovatten