Diverse culture in downtown San Jose with the Fuji X Pro 1

I didn’t have a wedding this Saturday, so I had to get photo bug out of me by walking around and taking in some of the diversity downtown San Jose has to offer. My studio is located in the heart of it all so it’s just a matter of walking around for a few blocks to get rich assortment of characters. Today the Anime convention was in town and I wanted to work on my street shooting with my Fuji X Pro 1.

I like experimenting between auto focus and manual zone focusing.  I find that sometimes one is better than the other. Auto focusing is very accurate if the camera can nail the focus fast enough. Zone focusing works great if I have enough light to work at f4 to f8. I find that the skills I practice on the streets makes me a better photojournalist wedding photographer. In many ways street photography is sometimes much more difficult than covering a wedding because I can’t hide behind the title of “the photographer.” At weddings, I have every reason to shoot. On the streets, I have to be more discreet to get the shot so my timing has to be spot on. Sometimes if just can’t get a good enough shot candidly, I would just ask people if I can take a picture of them.  I find most people are happy to have their picture taken. I do this at wedding too if I just can’t get a good shot of someone candidly. I guess that’s not proper street photography, but I enjoy it nevertheless!

Elf giving directions

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Categories: 2012, Interesting People

Author:Charles Le

Please support this blog by commenting and subscribing. I love reading feedback and I'm sure the the newlyweds would love to see your comments too! If you have any questions please don''t hesitate to post them or send me an email. I'm always interested to hear what you think! Thanks for your support. Ten years ago, I left the mortgage and real estate business to pursue photography, which is a passion of mine. The mortgage business was excellent at that time but I was tired of it. I had a daughter that was just born and I wanted to do something that would allow me to spend more time with her and at the same time do what I wanted. I knew that I enjoyed people photography and soon discovered that I have a very real and special talent for it. I discovered that I was particularly good at capturing moments and revealing emotions through pictures. This came instinctively for me and allowed me to develop a style that was very comfortable for me to work in. My photography quickly became popular in the bay area and I've earned a large number of referral businesses as a result. In fact, i'd say I most of my business growth is the result of referrals from clients and online sites like Yelp. I currently have a studio in downtown San Jose and photograph weddings and portraits all over the bay area and California.


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2 Comments on “Diverse culture in downtown San Jose with the Fuji X Pro 1”

  1. Jamie Dickinson
    May 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Silicon Valley Geekin’ Out! Love It!!!

  2. stu
    May 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Follow your Muse

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