stART On The Street (www.startonthestreet.org) is street photography nirvana. Of course, New Englanders are not typically known for their friendliness, and are maybe some of the rudest, reserved, and stodgy folks in the USA. So, a street photographer can have a hard time. This festival, held in Worcester, MA every September, not only lends itself to it, they encourage it. As the two rolls of Tri-X that I shot in the Nikon FE-2 are in the fridge, yet to be developed, thought I would post a few (gasp) digital shots. These were taken with the Nikon D300, and 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. For once, taking photographs of interesting people in Massachusetts on the street is possible, without getting yelled at. The hardest part of choosing which ones to post was the “tagging” component. Honestly, I do not know how digital photographers do this without going out of their minds. Anyone who says digital post processing is “fun” is completely out of their mind. It is laborious, tedious, and time-consuming. But, I am pretty happy with the results.
These are right out of the camera, with NO post processing/Photoshop. Film has taken away the urge to post process, simply for the sake of doing so. It has helped take away to boost shadow detail, clone stamp, and sharpen. And, saved a lot of time. Shooting is a lot more fun.