28mm street photography


Picked up where I left off some time ago, did other photography in the meantime. I want a bolder style now, meaning more wide-angle than I did before. I took my old Olympus OM Zuiko 3.5/28 which meant manual-focus and it took me some experimenting to get (reasonably) sharp pictures from it. Today I got a picture that pleases me.

28mm shotThe advantage of a wider lens is that people often think they’re not in the frame. So this example is atypical because both girls spotted the photographer, being in the center of the uncropped frame.

American stuff


These lenses came from people who had a home in Curaçao besides their Dutch home; the equipment probably was bought in Curaçao, but the seller couldn’t confirm that. Anyway, the total set was imported in America, as both lenses and the accompanying SR-T 200 camera bore American type designations; I don’t think Celtic lenses were sold in Europe, except maybe in the UK.

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The camera was ready


I just had my bike parked in the underground parking and, as usual, had prepared my camera for the shoot of that day. And then I had to wait for this lady to finish loading her bike. Click.

Maybe it’s better to have my camera around my neck already when I start riding, even more chance of catching impromptu street scenes!

Work?


Last week a member of the photoclub cited from a book and that was interesting enough to have me buy it. And it provided some insights; one of them was that an underlying theme often makes itself clear during photographing. Thus I noticed I often make pictures of people involved in or related to work.

In a video of his Chuck Jines suggested to look for scenes instead of people and that’s exactly what I did here. The shadows of the trees on the white wall drew my attention and I’ve stood here for over half an hour waiting for things to happen.

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Evening shots


These dark winter days are the time to do evening shots. They pose their own problems: people’s faces are often badly illuminated, if at all, and tend to drown in bright shop windows etcetera. It often calls for more post-processing and color balance hardly ever is ideal. Nevertheless I think these work best in color. The square where these photos were made, is an interesting place: it’s part of the city center’s shopping area, but also serves as a pathway for pedestrians and bikers between the railway station and an area with a lot of offices, so this makes for a mix of activities.

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