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Monday, October 28, 2019

Five Frames, Olympus OM2S + Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Street Wide, From the Hip

Olympus OM2S + Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Street Wide, From the Hip 01
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Analog Diary, film photography favorites, image making with an Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, on a hipster-style street shoot.
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Street photography, the most accessible photography genre, is something you can do pretty much anywhere, anytime, and with whatever camera equipment you have. Though etiquettes may apply, there are no rules either, you are free to shoot whatever you visualize as a collective of events, emotions, or the reality of the space you are in.

The main part of the visual is, of course, the context of the image, where the background becomes the backdrop to the event, of the activity of the figures you are incorporating into the image. Removing either of the two from the context or the content of the image will just nullify the notion and render the genre ineffective.

Olympus OM-2 SP, Olympus OM Zuiko 21mm 1:3.5
Olympus OM-2 SP, Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5

One approach I challenged myself to recently is to shoot from the hip while doing the streetwalk, with the camera mounted with an ultra-wide-angle lens on a hyperfocal zone setting. Framing of the images was purely guesstimates. The lens I had on was the Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, mounted on an Olympus OM-2S.

As horizontal alignments of hipster-style images taken with the camera away from your eyes are just guesstimates, there is the notion that you might have to lose a bit of the image with tilt adjustment crops during post-processing. I looked at that as an advantage.

Olympus OM-2 SP, Olympus OM Zuiko 21mm 1:3.5
Olympus OM-2 SP, Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5

Physically the all-metal and glass Zuiko 21mm 1:3.5 is a lightweight and extremely compact lens, acknowledged for its optical quality and ability to capture sharp images with excellent contrast even at full aperture. The lens is a 7-element in 7-group construction, it is only 31mm in length and weighs 180/185 grams. A bit of a classic, a rarity, and worth the keep, the lens comes with its own band of dedicated followers.



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