In a constant effort to break out of my own comfort zone, I took my Yashica D and the Nikon Df through the streets of Pittsburgh and practiced a little street photography. It was a dizzying experience, literally, because I had to hold the Nikon Df so close to my face and try to focus my eyes on the back LCD screen… It was impossible to use the viewfinder without detaching my head from my neck. Either way, I attached the venerable Nikon 35mm f2D which allowed me close enough focusing (the 16-35mm seems to have closer focusing but is heavier and not conducent to holding the camera and lens with one hand while I held the Yashica with the other for long periods of time).
The Yashica-D is a beautiful looking camera, even today its moderately affordable (costs about $200 – $300 for one that is in great shape and still works). Mine was a gift from my Uncle, perhaps that is why I have such an affinity for it. Looking down into it’s viewfinder you can’t help but to be swept back in time, like Marty McFly in the DeLorean, to a time when cameras were an extension of the artists knowledge and discipline… Compared to today, where the majority of images you see on the internet were fired off as simply as hitting a nail with a hammer.
The Yashica has an 85mm lens on it which is, in my opinion, a great lens for street photography. Don’t tell anyone though, those street photographers loooooooove their 35mm lenses.
It’s not Pittsburgh without throwing a bridge or two into the mix, amiright? I am.
The viewfinder on the Yashica D isn’t as glorious as the fancy electronic gizmos found on never cameras but it’s still beautiful to see the world the way one would have almost half a century ago.
When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone into something a little more creative? I challenge you to try something new, something you’ve never done before. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.