One Day in NYC with the Contax TVS Digital

While in the US in January, 2017 I took the little and severely outdated Contax TVSd out for a wander around Midtown, Chelsea, Brooklyn and the Financial District. I pretty much just used it to snap some really touristy shots, pretty much just whatever I saw while walking about. As usual, the TVS was a super fun camera to shoot. I was able to get around without a bag and just use the wrist strap to transport the camera. Very minimalist setup.

It was mid-winter but not snowing, raining or windy – it was just dead cold which is why some of the pictures look a touch hazy in the distance, as looking uptown was difficult due to the near negative temperatures. I did take some of these frames in the morning and took at break until the afternoon, thus the slight difference in horizon draw distance and colour. NYC really is a fun place to shoot and I hope to head back there in the future to really spend some time shooting street and develop a body of work. It really is a mecca for street as it’s so busy, there’s so much hustle and so many characters.

As usual, the TVSd performed well and to my expectations. It’s a solid little device, albeit old and lacking RAW support. Again, I’ve applied mild edits to the SOOC JPG files to give them the feel that I like, which is surprising as I’m usually worried editing JPG files. But, Contax’s JPG files seem hardy enough to at least treat a little.

I hope to be heading to NYC again in early 2018 to spend a few days documenting some of the neighbourhoods north of the park, Queens and Brooklyn – very exciting.

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I've been taking terrible street shots on and off since around 2014. I started this site in a attempt to better understand the process of photography and write about it at the same time. While I’m obsessed with gear like pretty much all photography nerds, I’m also obsessed with good photographs that make us feel something. I hoping that through this site my photography will develop into something that makes you feel something (other than complete disappointment, of course).

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