ISO 6400 Street Photography

ISO 6400 Street Photography is, you guessed it, photographs taken with ISO 6400…  There is something exciting about being able to continue shooting in conditions where most people would have to put their cameras away.  Follow the ISO 6400 Street Photography series by subscribing to (there is a box on the right you can enter your email address in and hit subscribe).

I recently visited NYC with my fiancée for a wedding and had a little time to explore with her.  She and I enjoy getting lost in the city and visiting new places.  Because of that, our curiosity, I’ve been able to capture some of my favorite Street Photography when I’m with her…  This time was no different.

I came across this image as we were walking from the hotel to the High Line (an old train route that is about two stories off of the ground that was converted into a walkway/park).  There is some really beautiful graffiti all through the city and I’ve been trying to incorporate it into my photography in some dynamic ways.

The goal of the shot was to try to capture a person walking through the frame at the right angle and time to look as if they were wearing the wall art… as if they were Lady Liberty.  I could have sat there all day and captured all the unique individuals as they walked by but we were on a schedule and this was actually the first of five shots I took.  The shot below is the scene without anyone walking through, truly beautiful art work.


I’m really enjoying pushing the cameras low light capabilities, it’s made me much more confident to shoot at higher ISO.  I can remember not too long ago when I would cringe at the thought of shooting at anything higher than an ISO of 1000.  Now I feel as though I can confidently shoot up to ISO 6400 and still walk away with usable images.

*This is where the age-old argument of “gear doesn’t matter” falls flat on its face…  Not all cameras are created equal and some will do well at high ISO while some will look terrible.  This doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money to get good quality.  In fact, Leica is terrible at high ISO’s and those cameras cost $4-9k (the new M240 is acceptable but as soon as you start to pull detail from shadows at high ISO you’ll get some ugly-looking patterns out of the shadows).  The shot in this article was taken with the Fujifilm X100T.