In the previous post, I laid out my bold vision for our trip to Chicago. I would carry only one prime lens, which I would choose virtually at random on my way out the door, and I would shoot in black and white.
I am a fool.
This was not to be a photography trip, so these were absolutely the wrong choices. To shoot with one lens (I chose the 50mm f1.8) in black and white is absolutely fine if you devote time to explore subjects and angles and light. But this was a vacation for the purpose of showing Chicago to my wife, not for her to stand around waiting while I crawled about juxtaposing flowers and buildings. Besides, I don’t even like to shoot landscapes/architecture.
Within a few hours, I switched to RAW + JPEG so I would get color as well as B/W images. In retrospect, I see I should have brought my 17-55 f2.8 and just shot in color from start to finish. This would have given me more flexibility to catch street scenes on the fly. I wanted to make snapshots rather than photographs, and equipped myself poorly for either.
Fortunately, along the way, I found a subject interesting to me and recordable with what I carried, but I’ll save that for another post.