A New Street Photography Technique with the Fuji GFX 50R

Dog Walking, Seaholm - Austin, Texas

Dog Walking, Seaholm – Austin, Texas

I waited until the dog walker was ideally framed by the doorway, and then click the shutter. I was going to the Pfluger Pedestrian bridge to capture the skyline at blue hour but was testing my new Fujifilm GFX 50R on the way. It was sort of a throwaway photo, shot quickly hand-held.

Only later, in post-processing, I discovered its potential. With some edits in Capture One, I transformed this into a street photograph that I really like, but I did it in a very different way.

I take pride in my picture framing, usually getting the exact shot in the camera. For most photographs on this blog, the picture is framed as is. For some smaller percentage, I do distortion corrections, but leave the framing mostly intact. However, with the GFX 50R, quite accidentally, I stumbled on a new street photography technique. One that might not be as satisfying, but is very effective.

Dog Walking, Seaholm - Austin, Texas

You see, this was the original photograph that I created, with tweaked exposures and color. The framing, however, is as I shot it. I only have one 50mm equivalent prime lens on the GFX 50R, and I knew I couldn’t get close, quickly enough. I shot this on a lark and didn’t think much of it.

But, the GFX 50R is a 51MP camera. I could crop in. Way in. Remarkably, the cropped photograph above is super detailed and sharp — better than my Olympus and Fujifilm X-T10. Even with this extreme crop, the resulting photo is 19MP, which is in line with my most often used cameras*. I understand why this works, but it kind of blew my mind. I wasn’t planning to use the Fujifilm GFX 50R for street photography, but now, you never know.

* My Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Fujifilm X-T10 are 16MP. The Olympus PEN-F and Canon G7X Mark II are 20MP.

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6 thoughts on “A New Street Photography Technique with the Fuji GFX 50R

      1. From what I’ve read, all GF lenses are very good. However, the G45mm is supposed to be one the best ones. Better image quality and faster focusing than the GF63 that I’ve been using.

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