Saturday, March 28, 2015

Looking at YOU Part 3

Surprising how we evolve and learn, no matter how old. I've spent years doing 'street' photography, candid photography, documentary photography, whatever ..... I've always tried to capture images of people reacting or responding to their environment and I've tried to stay inconspicuous/invisible. But so many times the shot I wanted was 'ruined' because the person looked up at the last second. This past week it happened several times, so I just decided to incorporate that 'looking up' into the substance of the image, then I went out looking for that. It's been a fun experience, and the response I've gotten has been encouraging.

So here's more of Looking at YOU:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Looking at YOU Part 2

Continuing from yesterday's theme, here's a few more shots from my walk on Tuesday. All shot with the 10-24mm f4 lens. Once again, catching the expressions of the people as they realize they're being photographed.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Looking at YOU

Lately I've been taken with getting a shot of a person engaged in some activity or just in concentration who suddenly becomes aware that I'm pointing the camera at them. It results in interesting, if sometimes hostile, facial expressions. To be effective and really be able to get in close to capture the moment, wide angle lenses are the best.

I've been dithering about which lens to take  on my upcoming trip, the 14mm f2.8 or the 10-24mm f4 zoom. The only advantages the zoom offers is flexibility and the widest possible focal length. The fixed lens adds an extra stop of light, and is much sharper and lighter. I took the zoom with me on this walk just to see how much I took advantage of its flexibility. The only time I took a picture at 10mm was when the lens was set there and a shot popped up in front of me too quickly for me to zoom out and reframe it. Otherwise, 14mm was plenty wide enough. My favorite Fuji lens is the 16-55mm f2.8 zoom, which is plenty wide and with the added 2mm of the 14mm lens for super tight spaces in the Old City of Jerusalem I'll have all that I need.

Just can't beat a very wide focal length for the busy streets of New York.