They say you should get low and close with a wide angle lens, and they appear to be correct.
I’ve really been intrigued by the Fuji X100S, particularly since David Hobby started gushing about it. But as all reviewers like to point out, the fixed lens Fuji is not for everyone. Could I be happy with a single focal length camera? Lately I’ve been trying to find out by carrying one of my D7000s with the 24mm f/2.8 on it – this emulates the field of view of the Fuji, with similar resolution. Today I went to a wedding with only the D7000/24mm combo. To further test myself as a “street photographer,” I decided that I would shoot in black and white (using a yellow filter emulator in the camera’s software). To force myself to experiment with shooting angles, I would not look through the viewfinder.
So, one camera, one lens, monochrome, no looky. Those were the rules, and naturally, I cheated. I shot in RAW + JPEG so I would have color versions available if needed, and that turned out to be a good decision, because a few of the images were better in color.
Shooting from the hip as Holly and Matthew share their first dance.
Red hair, ink, and a couple of Nikons. Yeah, I’m in love. I also like the angle of this shot. It’s amazing how raising the camera less than a foot over your head gives the image a dramatically different feel. Oh, and can you tell why I felt this one needed to be in color?
I like the “street photographer” feel that comes from a wide angle lens shot from mid-body. I also wish that I could photograph Sami every day.
I did not take a “face level” version of this for comparison, but I’m pretty sure the low shooting angle makes this photo better. I think it enhances their attitude, and it provides a nice background.
Not looking through the viewfinder blessed me with unusual compositions that would not have occurred to me otherwise.
All in all, I had a lot of fun, and I really like some of the images. I feel like I’m learning how to use the 24, and I’m breaking out of some lazy habits (like not exploring higher and lower angles).
Edit: Reviewing more photos, I noticed the following:
On one hand, shooting without looking through the viewfinder allows me to be face to face with my subjects, improving rapport. On the other hand, they are looking at me instead of the camera. Sometimes this might improve a photo, but other times it just leaves you wondering what the people were looking at…