Monday, October 22, 2018

Analog Diary: The Ladies Are All Smiles, Olympus XA4

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The Ladies Are All Smiles

'Mobile photography, the ladies are all smiles as they are all set and ready for the rush that is about to follow'

I am still following up on the images of Squaring the 28mm which was posted way back over a year ago, and the more recent All Set and Ready. The scene was at the Ramadan Bazaar and the camera was, of course, the Olympus XA4 Macro. The images sort of grew me as I went through repeatedly, and it all seems fitting with the square 1:1 image aspect ratio that I am posting them in.

The Olympus XA4 Macro, as you know it, came fitted with a Zuiko 28mm F3.5 lens, which is about the best, and is a highly recommended focal length for street photography. Considered as a wide-angle lens, using a 28mm lens means that you have to get in close to the subject, or go for the scenery, which is not always the best solution.

Cropping the images back to the square, while removing the superfluous, helps to simplify the composition. You can also do away with the 'rule-of-thirds, and with extraneous elements removed, and adjusting the frame to capture only the strongest elements of the image, you might end up with an image worth presenting.

Elements that are prominent in the square format are shapes and lines. Shapes, unlike in the one-third rule, can be placed centrally in the composition, while triangulated lines make the composition stronger as they pull the viewer’s eye through the frame. With the 28mm lens, getting good bokeh shots are naturally out of the question, and you may also get stumped when going for a balanced composition.


Resource Links:
Why B&W is Still the Favorite of Street Photographers
Olympus XA4 Macro, Sharp and Sweet

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