I’m headed to the Art Institute of Chicago for a few days. I’m not planning to take a lot of pictures on this trip, but I am putting a lot of planning into the pictures I’m going to take. I want to reproduce some of the conditions of my youth as a photographer, so here’s my idea:
I’ll take a single camera body with a single, prime lens, and I will shoot in black and white. And I don’t mean I’ll convert my digital color files to black and white; I mean I’m going to use the camera’s built-in monochrome setting. Why limit the possibilities by not even capturing the color data? Because I feel like it. Besides, if something really colorful appears, it only takes a couple of menu options to get back to full color.
My lens choices include a 35mm f2.0, a 50mm f1.8, and an 85mm f1.8. I could make a case for any of the three, and a good case for bringing both the 35 and the 85, but I think I’ll bring the 50 and take my chances. I’ll decide at the last minute, as we’re leaving for the airport. I look forward to sharing the results with you sometime next week. If I still had my 60mm micro-nikkor, this would be a no-brainer, as that was my favorite walk-around lens.