After a longer-than-expected two-month pause, restarting my New York City coverage, I’m easing back with an impromptu model shoot that dovetails perfectly with the last several days.
When we last left New York, I was at St. Paul’s Chapel next to ground zero in lower Manhattan. I walked north to a small park next to the city hall. There I discovered a model shoot — but not just any — a professional one with an army of assistants.
With my curiosity piqued, I watched for a few minutes and started shooting photos from the side with the Fujifilm GFX 50S II. The professional photographer remarked that my camera cost twice his. As I recall, he was shooting a Canon, most likely a late model 5D with an L lens.
Talking to the photographer during a break, he seemed intimidated by my camera, but I reassured him that he’s the professional portrait photographer. I was just on vacation shooting urban, street, and vacation images for my blog. He wistfully mentioned that he wanted to do my style of photography full-time someday.
The head fashion designer jokingly commented for me to maintain the photographer’s confidence since he needed his services all day. It was all good fun and a great example of how New Yorkers can be friendly despite their no-nonsense reputation.
As you can see, there were three outfit changes during my short visit. It would’ve been fun to stay longer, but I didn’t want to overstay my chance encounter. Plus, I had a lot more Manhattan architecture to shoot.
While the GFX 50S II is a fantastic camera, the GF35-70mm — a convenient all-purpose lens — was not ideally suited for portraits. However, the Fuji XF50mm f1.0 I mentioned yesterday would’ve been ideal, allowing shallower depth of field portraits.
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