Some more street portraits…

I love to take photos of strangers in street… Not only for photography, but it is also a great opportunity to meet and interact with different people. My approach is quite direct and sincere… I just go and ask… “hey, I’m a street photographer, you look great! Is it cool if I take a photo of you?” 9 out of 10 say “yeah, sure!”.

Here are some latest shots. Shot with Fujifilm X-S10 and 57mm 1.2 or 35mm 1.4 lenses.

Metal Youth…

I just met these cute young ladies in street today and asked them if I could take their photos. I thank them for saying yes 🙂

Fujifilm X-S10, Fujinon 56mm 1.2

Daily dose of coffee & photography

I don’t go out to photograph… I’d rather photograph what I live.  Therefore, one of my cameras is always with me…

I visited this cafe today to have my daily dose of caffeine and asked these barista friends for some photos for the daily dose of photography 😊

All photos are straight out of the camera. No post edits other than slight cropping in some of them.
Fujifilm X-S10, 56mm 1.2
Straight out of the camera jpegs (Classic Negative)



Shooting far away…

TAMRON 500mm f/8 Adaptall

From time to time every photographer would need some extra reach. And unfortunately, super tele lenses often cost you a fortune.

If you are like me, and not a pro bird, wildlife photographer, but would like to have some extra zoom for cheap, then mirror lenses might be an answer for you too…

In years, I’ve tested many mirror lenses. There is a handful of those newly manufactured in China, branded in different names.

But to my experience, non of those new ones, nor the other vintage mirror lenses can beat Tamron 500mm f/8 Adaptall Mirror Lens. If you ever want to give it a try for mirror lenses, just don’t waste your time and look for a Tamron in good condition.

Couple of things to keep in mind here;

Mirror lenses are all manual! No autofocus. This means you either need a body with image stabilization and steady hands or a good tripod – monopod. Since they are manual, they are not very good for shooting moving objects and tracking.

Due to their unique glass structure, they are not as sharp as conventional, modern lenses. If you are too hung up on clinical sharpness, a mirror lens is not your thing.

It is f8… And that’s it! There is no f2, nor f11… just f8 and you are stuck with that.

Beyond these shortcomings, mirror lenses have their own unique look and give you a huge reach for very little cost.

They are famous for their “doughnut-shape” bokeh, which some people love and some hate.

Once you get familiar with it, a mirror lens might open very different doors of creativity for you.

These come in different mounts such as M42, Nikon, etc(And Fuji or Sony for newly made lenses).

My Tamron 500mm is an Adaptall mount for Nikon and I use it with an adaptor (Nikon to FujiX mount) on my Fujifilm cameras.

Below are some example photos shot with Tamron 500mm f/8.

Can I take a picture of you?

It might have been happened to you too… While you are hanging around and taking photos, a stranger catches your eye. Either his/her outfit, stance, or facial expression seem interesting to you. And since you don’t want to miss this moment, you feel the urge to ask this person whom you have never met before… “Excuse me… Can I take a picture of you?”

And, sometimes the opposite happens… While you’re taking a photo, someone you don’t know approaches and says, “Excuse me, can you take a photo of me too?”

Here are some of these moments…