Street Photography With The Rolleicord: City Cutz

Street photography is something I haven't done a lot of but I would like to get better at it. I like the idea of using my vintage Rolleicord to capture the scenes of the city. Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary Google Plus Photo Walk. Here in Atlanta, about 40 of us got together at Centennial Park and took a stroll through the Fairlie Poplar district. For this photowalk I brought my vintage Rolleicord Va as well as my T3i DSLR. I hoped that I could get some decent "street" photography using the Rolleicord.

I went through 2 twelve-exposure rolls of film during the walk. That yielded about 10 "keepers" that I am working through. Here is one of the first few that I managed to get scanned and processed:

Mark Sinderson: Rolleicord Va &emdash; City Cutz

This shot was a little hard for me to compose and shoot. The combination of the fixed focal length of the Rolleicord, the square format of the negative and a bunch of extraneous "stuff" to the right of the barber pole made placing the elements I wanted to include in the photograph a little challenging. It took me a couple of minutes to figure out the best position that would allow me to highlight the barber pole as well as get some of the entryway and reflections in the image.

In the end I chose the composition you see here. Unlike digital shooting film each exposure costs you real money (about 50 cents in this case), so I only took one exposure here. I think it came out pretty well.

Shooting film requires a different approach than shooting digital and that's one of the things I enjoy most about it.