Street with the X-Pro Range – Part One: Monochrome

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Continuing the blog serialisation of my popular X-Pro Series lust/hate/love story:

Part 101: Street with the X-Pro Range – Part One: Monochrome

Street Photography.

Achievable nearly anywhere. Occasionally contentious. I love it.

Street photography is incredibly popular it’s been here a while and it’s here to stay.

I enjoy shooting street very much.

Judging by the various social media groups, Fujifilm cameras are extremely popular for street photography, in fact I suspect all mirrorless cameras are.

It’s easy to see why the X-Pro range are such compelling street tools. Fairly small, fairly discrete and they don’t scream professional photography like a DSLR does.

Add to this useful mix the joy of framelines and OVF shooting and we can quickly see what X-Pro shooters have been saying for the past few years holds water = the X-Pro range is unique with their feature set and are occasionally quirky yet special devices. (Obviously YMMV)

So for this week’s article I’m going to share a few of my Fujifilm street shots, that have all be shot with the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2, spoiler alert: next week’s article will the same but in colour 🙂 (different images though)

If you’re interested to see more of my street work, you can check out this album on Flickr:

Portfolio: Street
Clicking the image above will take you to the Flickr album

For this article I’ll share ten shots below and say a few words about each shot.

For those that care, each shot can be viewed with exif and in greater resolution by clicking on the image and viewing it in Flickr.

A Closer Look

I like to capture and/or make visual links between things in my street work. To get this shot I noticed the guy looking at each poster and waited for him to make his way further up the incline.


As a foreigner I’m often reminded (NOT unpleasantly) that I’m not in my home world. Some days it’s a little hard to tell what side of the bars I’m on.

The Intruder

I’ve set myself the goal of getting through this article without mentioning anything about moments that are not indecisive 🙂 so let’s just say that sometimes you just need to be ready to see who might walk in


I was drawn to the honeycomb pattern on the wall. Perhaps if I’d waited for a decade or two, someone might have walked by dressed as a bumblebee 😀 as it happened this lady rushing past was as close to busy as a bee I was ever likely to get.

Black Tar Break

Smokers and phone users are, PERSONALLY SPEAKING (so YMMV) are a little ubiquitous in my city, but I was drawn to the contrast of this scene, set up a zone focus and made the shot whilst pretending to tie my shoe!

On the Way Down

I saw the steps, I saw the diagonals, the low sun and long shadows. I liked the scene. I waited. I wondered… Would I get a person walking in the direction of the arrow or against it? Against it was grand 🙂


I often shoot street on the beach. I like it. People on the breach have a different way of acting than on the regular street and I enjoy making layered ‘street’ (sic) scenes from their activities

Age Creeps Up on All of Us

Perhaps this is a little cruel… Perhaps it’s not very nice… But not every picture has to be pretty and along with taxes, there’s only one thing certain with life.

Looking to the Future

One of my personal favourite shots from last year. I’d like to think it needs no real explanation… Another set up the zone focus (which is pretty easy on the Fujifilm!) and pretend to tie my shoe

It'll Soon Pass

I had a client job to go too. I arrived early and thought I’d shoot some personal stuff. The heavens opened and I managed to get a street shot that I’m very happy with!

I hope you enjoyed these 10 shots? I consider myself primarily a colour shooter… but increasingly I’m coming to rekindle the joy I once had with BW film (although at that time I wanted colour!!)

And speaking of colour, I hope you’ll join me next week for 10 colour street images, all shot with the X-Pro range.

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5 Replies to “Street with the X-Pro Range – Part One: Monochrome”

  1. Dear Adam,
    Nice post, great shots!
    You mentioned in this post that setting a zone focus is pretty easy with the Fujifilm. I wondered how you do this with an X-pro1. I own a 35f2 lens, which does not have a focus scale on the lens. So what I do now is first calculate the depth of field using a DoF calculator, than focus on a subject at the correct distance, and then I have a zone focus.
    I wondered if there is a faster way to do this on the X-pro1?



    1. Hi Luuk,

      Thank you very much

      I tend to use a little bit the distance scale in the OVF/EVF, but mainly I use the focus peaking combined with the preview dof setting



      1. What do you mean exactly with ‘preview dof setting’? Do you mean the dof preview function button? Or the aperture and focus distance you set in advance?

        I am fairly new to using the x-pro1 (to photography in general; I bought my first camera – the x-pro1 – only a month ago). Your ‘Fixing my focus issues with the x-pro1’ article really helped me a lot figuring out how to focus effectively with it, so thanks for that! I do appreciate any further tips you have on zone focussing…



      2. Hi Luuk,

        Yes I mean setting preview dof to a fn buttom and using that with focus peaking to get a sense of how deep my focus is

        Some lenses, the wider ones, if you stop down to say 5.6 and set focus at 2.5 meters, the dof will be very deep


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