A walk through downtown Raleigh

I had some stuff to take care of downtown today so I decided to bring my Fuji X-H1 and see how it does with street photography. Street photography is my favorite type of photography, and Fuji cameras are king in this arena. You might say “Well Brandon what about Rolleis and Leicas? They’ve been the go-to street photography cameras for 50 years!” and  in response to that I would tell you to shut up. Does a Rollei have wifi? No it doesn’t! How am I supposed to post pictures to social media? What do you want me to do go home, develop the photos, scan them and THEN post them? It’s 2018, aint nobody got time for all that. Plus I’m a millennial, I need instant gratification or I might just have an aneurysm…. What was I talking about again? Oh yeah, street photography downtown.

The weather report said there would be rain and thunderstorms, which sounded about right because its been raining for 4 weeks straight. Luckily the rain stayed away and the overcast day made for some nice lighting. I switched back and forth between my Fuji 56 f/1.2 and the 23 f/4 WR lens and shot many of the wide shots from the hip using facial recognition and wide tracking focus enabled. When choosing my “film” stock I decided on the Chrome setting with the film grain setting set to mild. I decided on using Chrome because overcast days make colors really pop and I wanted to tone that down a bit and add some contrast.


I’ve always been a fan of this taxi company. I’ve never actually taken one and my butt puckers up every time I find one driving near me because the drivers always seem to be  driving like they just got their licence that morning, weaving in and out of traffic while browsing Facebook. What I like about these taxis is the repetition of every facet of their company information. Whenever I see one of these cars I always think of that Mitch Headberg joke; What’s that Taxi Taxi phone number again? Oh you just keep hitting “3” until someone picks up the phone.



This woman’s streetwear is on point, if you know her tell her I said that.


This mural is all about inclusivitiy and I really appreciate that messaging. I too believe that women with paddles for hands should be able to find love just like everybody else. Maybe if the Penguin from Batman had grown up in Raleigh he would have found love and opened an organic bakery instead of becoming a genocidal maniac running for mayor of Gotham, but alas not everybody can be so lucky.


Pretty sure this is how my mom looked at me when I told her I wanted to be a professional photographer when I grew up.


This shot was done with the 56 f/1.2 and the Acros film simulation with the red filter.



Here we see the Hamburgler awaiting his first court appearance after a failed Big Mac heist.


Props to this guy for taking his cat for a walk downtown. You might notice that he doesn’t have a leash on and I suspect it’s because it’s too fat to make any real attempt at running away.


Homelessness is a real problem in Raleigh, If you have a family member who is homeless or want to help someone who is, the City has some great resources available. If addiction is the reason the person is on the street you can refer them to a place called Healing Transitions. HT is nationally acclaimed and provides a free inpatient treatment program to disadvantaged people all over North Carolina. They also host weekly AA and NA meetings so if you’re one of the many people who suffers from addiction or know someone who is and cant afford costly rehab programs give HT a call and see what help is available.