Street Adventures in San Francisco

How many of you want to escape to the streets with a camera and go record life as you pass through it. Perhaps a member of a scene for a moment and then you exit or the scene moves on to new things. Street photography is interesting with the Fuji X30. I spent yesterday recording it in three locations and combined some nice what I will call urban shots along with the personal. I think there are three rules with it so far.

  1. You only have mere moments to capture a thing. People or things move at a speed which does not give you time to pull out the monster DSLR, focus, choose shutter, aperture. By that time, the thing is far gone.
  2. You need to either sit still or move yourself. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Moving lets you see new things but a thing just behind you may erupt in a cacophony of colors or events or both.
  3. You don’t need to find fancy places to find people doing what they do best. Being people basically. I found a few below which I thought captured the scenery and the life of a busy day in San Francisco. See what you think.


A perfect mix of different places spent walking around the city. San Francisco has so many settings to capture you can spend a day in one place or reach a lot on your feet.


In the “always remember to take the camera wherever you go”, I observed this while out walking this morning through my neighborhood. You don’t have to go far distances to find things. Sometimes things are waiting patiently for you down the street you live on.

There is a fourth thing. If you want to experience a thing, you have to get out and see it. I still forget to take the camera and I miss things which are time limited which I think back on when writing the blog here and wish I had focused on.

Street photography is interesting and fun and a bit challenging. You have the fear of doing it combined with the challenge of the camera and the people. In the end, you should try it. Life is not just a one person experience. How you do it and what you use remains to be seen. For me, the Fuji X30 is the perfect camera with its tiltable monitor and great battery life. I set the camera on Program mode and can always override it if necessary.

Author: Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.