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Milkboy At Night, Philly Street Photography

Milkboy

I couldn’t pass up photographing the Milkboy restaurant again, this time at night and in color. This restaurant definitely catches my eye each time I walk by.

And this was my first street photography outing with the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 prime lens (36mm equivalent on my Nikon D7100), and it performed as well as I expected it to. This photo was taken at f/2.5, 1/125th, 6400 ISO. I only wish I had gone wide open (f/1.4) which would have allowed me to lower the ISO. Even the shutter speed could have been a bit slower. But I was still in “street photography” mode at this point, trying to get a reasonably fast shutter speed at close range without too shallow of depth of field. I simply forgot to adjust the settings when I came upon this scene from across the street (where depth of field would not be an issue). Oh well, the shot still turned out great, and the D7100 is game at 6400 ISO.

This particular scene would probably have worked fine at 1/60th. If I had captured it wide open at an aperture of f/1.4, that may sound like it would result in too shallow a depth of field, but that wouldn’t be the case at this distance at a 24mm focal length. I was probably a good 30+ feet away (across the street). At that distance, at 24mm, and an aperture of f/1.4, the depth of field would have been well over 30 feet (about 10 feet in front, 20 feet behind). That’s the beauty of this lens. Sure, up close, say 5 or 8 feet, the depth of field would be extremely shallow at f/1.4 (no more than 1-2 feet), but at this distance, I need to remember it’s not a problem to shoot wide open, because pretty much the entire scene will be in focus.

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The Art Of The Deal, Philadelphia Street Photography

The Art Of The Deal, Philadelphia Street Photography

Is this the handshake of a deal crafted on the street, or just two old friends meeting up for some fine wining and dining?

This photo was taken outside the Palm Restaurant at The Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. While it appears I took this photo in some official capacity (it almost looks staged) I can assure you I was simply passing by when I snapped this single shot. I was just walking down Broad Street when I saw a crowd of people ahead, and it looked like I might have a few photographic subjects, I wasn’t wrong. So the only question that remained, would I get “the shot”?

I think this photograph could have been snapped 10 years ago or 50 years ago. I like capturing photos that have a timeless quality. And while this might not be the most deeply emotive street photograph, I love that it’s such a candid shot, it doesn’t seem possible it was taken by someone simply strolling through. I will admit that much luck in timing was involved in getting this shot. That’s usually how it works with street photography.

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I Don’t Remember, I Don’t Recall, Philadelphia Street Photography

I Don't Remember, I Don't Recall, Philadelphia Street Photography

I don’t remember, I don’t recall
I got no memory of anything at all
I don’t remember, I don’t recall
I got no memory of anything…anything at all

– from Peter Gabriel’s “I Don’t Remember”

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Milkboy, 11th and Chestnut – Philadelphia Street Photography

Milkboy bar and restaurant in Philadelphia

Philly Streets: The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations started a couple of days early at the Milkboy bar and restaurant at 11th and Chestnut Streets in center city Philadelphia. Lots of open air patronage on a mild Saturday afternoon in mid-March.

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