Chester – Street Photography Escape From the City . . .

. . . On the same weekend as the Manchester visit, I took the opportunity of spending a day with the Fuji X-E1 & XF35 f/1.4, perusing the classic streets of my ideal destination, Chester. The sun was out in force and the streets were awash with shoppers, tourists and local folk just soaking up the atmosphere and culture. 250 years ago, Chester was seen as an escape from the more industrial neighbouring cities such as Manchester and that still remains true, even to this day.

people with many poodles sat outside a cafe in chester street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

Chester is a magnet for the fashionable ‘shopping classes’ (and street photographers).

fashionable woman wearing patterned skirt in chester street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

With the incredible weather we’ve been enjoying in the UK of late, the magnificent Cathedral and it’s grounds are the perfect place to relax after a hard days shopping . . .

people relaxing in the grounds of chester cathedral street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

. . . or taking some weight off at one of the many street-side cafes. You never know what might be coming along . . .

man and his dog sat outside a cafe in chester looking street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

. . . or what ‘colouful creation’ you’ll be inspired to think of.

old woman sat in a cafe in chester makes colourful creation street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

Cycle through the streets like it’s the 1940’s . . .

man dressed in period costume rides old bike through chester street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

. . . or have a bite to eat (or two).

fat man in chester eats two mcflurrys street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

As for me, I just prefer to stroll, with no particular goal in mind and taking whatever or whoever comes my way . . .

old man with hat and stick looks alone in chester street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

. . . then when the time’s right, stop for ’40 winks’.

man in anorak snoozes on war memorial chester street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

So despite my original plan as per Manchester to shoot the Leica M2 in the morning and the Fuji X-E1 in the afternoon, the X-E1 with XF35 just felt so comfortable and instinctive to use, that changing cameras never entered my mind.

woman looks at rastafarian in chester street photography uk photographer kevin shelley prints for sale fuji x-e1 xe1 xf35

One big surprise was that the XF60 f/2.4 never came out of the bag in Chester, or for that matter, Manchester. It would appear that like the M2 with 50mm, the Fuji is becoming a one lens camera.

Two totally different cameras and both with 50mm (equivalent focal length) lenses. I never saw that one coming. šŸ˜®

Author: Kevin Shelley

Street Photography. eBooks. Blog. Shoots and reviews cameras. Develops film. Writes novelesque articles.

7 thoughts on “Chester – Street Photography Escape From the City . . .”

  1. Really enjoyed seeing your shots of my favorite haunt as a street photographer. I shoot mainly with the Xm1 and 18mm lens, although I do have a 35mm mounted on my xpro1 it just doesn’t feel as comfortable to carry

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    1. Hi James,

      Thank you, it’s much appreciated.

      True, the X-Pro1/X-E1 with 35mm weighs a bit more than some packages but it’s not something I’ve found to be a problem.

      I do find that a thumb grip and a half case with some kind of built in grip helps to balance the whole thing in the hand.

      Chester is a marvelous place to take photos. I try to get there about every 5-6 weeks. Next time I’m going I could drop you a line?

      Cheers,

      Kevin

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      1. Cheers Kevin, I’d like that – it would be good to shadow and discuss shots

        Cheers

        james

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  2. Hi Kev,

    I really appreciate InspiredEye interviewed you and we all got to know about your amaizing blog.
    However bear with me, a confusing question on my mind as a basic beginner is, why all the photography is in B&W?
    Of course it does make sense, its very beautiful, artistic and its an art that goes beyond the vivid colorful world of photography.
    However I’m finding this trend as a very common around nowadays photographers.
    So it would be really helpful if you could express some of your thoughts, methods and the technologies behind this.
    Also it would be more than great, if you could do an entire article. šŸ™‚

    Keep it up the Good Work!

    Stephan

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  3. Thanks to The Inspired Eye blog I have discovered your blog and your work and I only wanted to congratulate you for having a nice, consistent collection of images!
    And, on a personal note, my favorite capture from this article is Colourful Creation, superb!

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