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Monday, August 21, 2017

Olympus XA4 Macro, Squaring the 28mm

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Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with an Olympus XA4 Macro, with images squared for publishing.
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The Ramadan Bazaar was in full swing when I took the opportunity to do a bit of a hipster-style street shooting with a couple of cameras that I have. Went down to the Bazaar earlier with the Olympus Trip 35 and finished a roll of film in no time at all. This time around it was with the Olympus XA4, with its f/3.5 28mm lens, and a roll of Fujifilm Superia 200.

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.

Olympus XA4 Macro
Olympus XA 4

Cropping the images back to the square, as I have done here, overcame a few shortcomings, and I managed 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 and bringing back the human element.

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