I always enjoy taking long, aimless walks through the foreign cities I get to visit. There is no way better to get a real feel for a city, and to immerse oneself in the experience. In Rome, that sensation is amplified by the idea of that common ground being tread for millennia. These images were taken during my recent wanderings through Rome. I ventured outside my normal shooting style and subjects and waded into the loosely defined street photography genre.
I always feel most confortable with a camera in hand and naked without one, but on many occasions I find that lugging my big bag, D300 (now D800) body and lenses, and a tripod for shooting at night, really takes away form the experience. In those situations (and more the more I use it) my Fuji x100 camera really opens up new opportunities for me!
There are raging debates across the Internet about the “best” cameras available today. This is not going to be one of those blogs. Simply put, there is not a “best,” simply what you may find most effective to convey your own vision, and often a full complement of equipment will entail more than one camera for more than one shooting occasion. My DSLR cameras have been my primary workhorses, from my original D80 to my D300 and most recently the new D800, and remain so. But now that I have the Fuji x100 I would be lost without it!
It has some drawbacks for sure, including slow autofocus, slow shooting, and a fixed focal length; the 35mm equivalent works great for me but may not for you. However, image quality, portability, and price point are excellent for a camera of this quality.
I would not recommend the x100 as a primary camera; rather, it is an excellent complimentary camera for someone who already owns a DSLR but wants a rangefinder experience for a reasonable price point.
I always shoot in raw, but on this trip I utilized an interesting feature of the x100 (and most cameras these days) to “shoot” in black & white.
I chose a Black & white film mode for my shots, which did not really shoot in B&W, rather it retained all color info in the raw file. However, it did allow me to “see” in B&W and get immediate feedback from the camera screen. For an amateur like me, I found this quite helpful in syncing my brain in B&W mode and helping my compositions.
I also found the x100 to be less imposing, both for me and for passersby, providing me with more photo opportunities.
And with more opportunities comes more final images worth keeping…
With this, I look forward to my next meander!