Monday, June 19, 2017

Analog Diary: Squaring the 28mm

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Olympus XA 4, Zuiko f/3.5 28mm

Squaring the 28mm

Olympus XA4 Macro
'Squaring wide-angle images of the Olympus XA 4 to a square format'

The Ramadan Bazaar is in full swing currently and I have taken this opportunity to do a bit of a hipster style street shooting with a couple of cameras that I have. This time around it was the Olympus XA 4, with its f/3.5 28mm lens, and a roll of Fujifilm Superia 200.

Much like the first roll of shots I did with the Olympus XA 4, the results of this shoot is still far away from showing me being a competent street shooter - images captured are still unfocused, unframed, and chaotic in terms of holding the camera at the level.

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Although the 28mm is highly recommended as the best focal length for street photography, getting the best out of it needs more than just shooting it on a day out or on just a roll of film. Looks like a 28mm lens is quite a hard beast to handle on the streets and learning to do well with it is still a long way to go for me.

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Cropping the images back to the square, as I have done here, overcame a few shortcomings, where I manage to save a few of the shots as you can from the post here. Aside from keeping the image simple within the square, with the focus on the subject, cropping helps remove distracting elements from within the image frame. Doing it in black-and-white adds to the timelessness of the image, while keeping away the distraction of colors while bringing back the human element.

Resource Links:
28mm - The Perfect Lens for Street Photography?
Why you need to have a 28mm lens for Street Photography | Alex Coghe Editor and Photojournalist

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