Party Crasher- Street Photography With An SLR

The Block Party in Fitchburg that I blogged about a couple of days ago seemed custom-made for a rangefinder, such as the Canonet. As I am relatively new to calculation of hyperfocal distance, and rangefinder photography in general, I also brought the much larger Canon AE-1, also loaded up with Portra 400. While not by any means a stealthy street photography tool, the shutter priority feature really helped with some of the more fluid shots, such as this street juggler. Here, at an exposure of 1/30th of a second:

Go slow for these shots, and motion is easily conveyed.

Go slow for these shots, and motion is easily conveyed.

I think the next shot was at the same relatively slow speed. While many do not suggest hand holding an SLR with such a slow exposure, it really can work out nicely if you do not want to freeze the action, and want trails along with the moving objects, while keeping the more static ones sharp.

He also showed up in Monday's blog, with a crowd around him.

He also showed up in Monday’s blog, with a crowd around him.

A few “dignitaries” were at the party- such as Congresswoman Niki Tsongas-

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Rep. Tsongas speaking with reconfigured 3rd District residents.

Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg is one of the youngest mayors in Massachusetts-

Mayor Lisa Wong watches kids make sand castles, with their moms.

Mayor Lisa Wong (center) watches kids make sand castles, with their moms.

Finally, while not likely qualifying as a dignitary, I saw this guy at last year’s Block Party. I am not sure if I got any photographs of him then, but was glad to see him again this year. He sings, and plays the accordion. And claims to be driving one of the longest driven Ford Model A’s in existence, and drives it every day-

Playing the accordion, on the bumper of his Model A.

Playing the accordion, on the bumper of his Model A.

I don’t know if he is over 100 years old, or his tire is (see the sign, lower left). His Model A can’t be, as this model was built by Ford from 1927-1931.

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