Go Wide On Street / 用广角扫街
It’s been a while since last post on this site. Recently, I have been a bit busy. Well, actually, really really busy. In June, I was one of the team to teach a photography course for beginners, and I have been organizing for the up-coming exhibitions tour for 2015-2016. In this post, I am going to share some photos when I was trying to use 21 mm lens on streets.
Starting from last year, I started to think if I can have a bit more background and shoot close to my subject， that would be something new I could discover. So I decided to use my 21mm lens on the trip at end of last year( An post about this Dali trip. ). Of course, I need to practice on this view-angle. All the photos shared on this post all taken with my 21mm.
21mm is bit wider than 24mm/25mm, but quite wider than 28mm or 35mm. If you shoot with a 35mm lens on street, normally, 2-3 meters would be closest distance you would have in the most situations. But, 21mm is a different story, quite different. On the first time I use my 21mm on street, I was focus to get more background instead of getting too close. You could spot my 35mm habits on the photos in this post. Composite your photos with more background on a wider lens on street is not an easy thing. Specially, when I am shooting this 21mm lens with an EVF on my Leica M240. The EVF + M240 combo perform badly at that time, lags a lot, sometimes camera would be freezes until you plug the battery out. (Thankfully, Leica just released an new firmware two weeks ago to fix those problems related to EVF and Live-view. )
At the time when I shooting with 21mm, I pay more attention to get background right,then think about or wait for the foreground. This slowed me down and make me to think more. It doesn’t feel like what I have been shooting with a 35mm or 50mm lens， because on a 35mm or 50mm, just concentrate on subjects/foreground still could make good photos. This makes me to observe more into details than before, even in the places that I have been thousands of times. And it makes me to know this city, and eventually love this beautiful city more.
Slow down, and discover more.