I happened to be down in NYC a week or so ago, which of course afforded me an opportunity for some street photography. We’ve already talked about the weaknesses of my attempts at this particular type of photography, so there’s no need to belabor the point. In spite of these failings, I did manage to get some shots I was reasonably satisfied with.
I was carrying my Canon Canonet QL19, recently introduced here. It acquitted itself reasonably well, though the metered shutter priority mode leaves something to be desired in high contrast night city scenes. Probably best to stop being lazy and use the manual controls.
I used up the roll of Fuji Superia 800 I had loaded more quickly than expected, mistakenly thinking it was a 36-exposure roll, not the 24 it was in fact. My girlfriend had with her two cameras – a Canon digital and her trusty Pentax K1000 SLR mounting the 50mm f/1.7 lens I gave her for her birthday (you can see some of her photos with this and other cameras HERE). She offered me the latter the next morning, already loaded with Fuji Superia 400. Who am I to say no?
Shooting the Pentax was different from the Canon, but not markedly so. It’s a little bigger, a little heavier, a little slower to focus (though this last point may have been more my fumbling than anything else), but a good mechanical camera without a bunch of fussy features to get in the way.
Whether it was the increased awareness of the equipment I was using, the camera itself, or just dumb luck, my hit ratio with the Pentax was higher than usual. I was pleased to see that the lens performed quite well.
So the street photography journey continues. I still think it’s always going to be a secondary discipline for me, but it is encouraging to see occasional successes.