NYC Street Photography

Street Photography With The 55mm Lens

55mm, a7Rii, beard, bench, cell phone, color, glasses, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, park, sitting, Sony, Sony Sonnar T* FE, street photography, Union Square, winter hat

With the less than ideal weather we’ve been having over the past few weeks, going out to take pictures has been a little difficult but I have managed to go out a few times. I am loving the 55mm lens. The sharpness, and yes the bokeh. I like that I can get a bit closer than with the 35mm lens and not have to do a lot of cropping. I did toy with the idea of selling the 35mm lens, but every lens has a purpose and the 35mm lens is fantastic for landscapes. When I went to Milan and Charleston I got some great shots with lots of detail using that lens.

55mm, a7Rii, bokeh, bubble coat, color, hands in pockets, laughter, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, scarf, smiling, Sony, Sony Sonnar T* FE, street photography, stubble, Union Square

It’s funny. When I first started this blog I didn’t want it to be strictly one thing or another. I wanted it to be a bit of everything. Now it’s just naturally turned into a photography blog. I do want to still do a bit of everything but incorporate photography into it. I want this to be a fun place. I like trying new places to eat, or new dishes at my favorite places. I’m not the best food photographer (to be totally honest, I’m kind of crap at food photography), but it is fun. I do get stares and giggles but I just try to focus on my food. 😆

55mm, a7Rii, backpack, bokeh, bookbag, bubble, bucket, color, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, Sony, Sony Sonnar T* FE, street photography, stroller, Union Square, winter hat

If you’ve gone to Union Square, you’ve seen the guy with the buckets of soapy water and the sticks with string. First he makes a bubble around you and then he lets the crowd try their luck. It makes for an interesting show and the crowd has a lot of fun. Some of them are really good, like these two.

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This was a really good entry for the “laughter” category for one of the monthly challenges for February. I wish the little girl hadn’t been in that spot because then I could have cropped it a bit to really bring it to life, but I still like this picture.

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Normally I don’t post pics of arguments but she was so pissed and he was totally spacing out waiting for her to finish. There was so much emotion in this picture that it doesn’t really need an explanation. That’s what I love about street photography. Sometimes you can imagine the background story for yourself and other times the picture just speaks to you.

55mm, a7Rii, black and white photography, hair brushing, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, personal grooming, Sony, Sony Sonnar T* FE, street photography, sunglasses, Union Square

 

 

 

 

I’ve never gotten the point of brushing your hair outside. The wind will just mess it up again. You can’t fight Mother Nature, as I’ve found out when my naturally curly hair that I straighten everyday, frizzes to hell in high humidity.

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I was just hoping that the birds wouldn’t fly away as soon as I got close. I like this shot. I got nice detail and good bokeh. (Okay, I promise that will be my last mention of bokeh, at least for this post. 😆 )

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This picture is what made me really love this lens. I took this shot as I was walking and the guy was running with his dog. The fact that the picture can come out this sharp with so much movement really sealed it for me that I was going to keep this lens.

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I think this is a good picture with which to end the post. I was across the street when I spotted this scene. I don’t know if the group is part of the photo shoot, or if they’re one of the NYC walking tours, or if there even is a photo shoot. It might just be two girls getting cool profile pictures for their social media accounts. I just like how I was able to capture this shot from across the street and didn’t have to do too much cropping when I was editing my pictures from that day.

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