Getting up close and personal

by Helen Hooker January. 17, 2020 790 views

Having been distracted by my pinhole camera on my visit to Cambridge last week, today I ensured I maintained focus on my prime lens project by taking just a camera and one prime lens. My 15mm lens (an effective focal length of 30mm) is one I often use when travelling, for architecture photography. For street photography though it’s a little out my comfort zone - I more frequently use a 25mm lens. Carrying just this lens meant I had to make it work for me - I’d just have to get closer to people!

The sun periodically peeped through the clouds, so my first strategy was to use it and the shadows it created to dramatic effect. Loitering by Senate House, I observed the light, noticing shadows cast by cyclists on nearby walls. I spent some time shooting passing cyclists and pedestrians, ultimately capturing some of the drama I could see in the light with my eyes.

Eventually the sun was gobbled up by thick clouds so I headed elsewhere, ending up by a puddle in Trinity Lane where I wanted to capture the reflection of a passing cyclist. This strategy was interrupted by heavy raindrops so I walked on, to photograph other types of reflections and interesting characters.

My final port of call was the market where I slowly meandered, looking for characters and gestures. The richest pickings were to be found at the book stall, where I found a gentleman browsing, while two other men were enjoying an animated conversation.

17 January 2020

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Buster Bruce 10 months, 1 week ago

Beautifully composed. Taking photographs of strangers has always been a challenge for me. If they see me taking the shot I sometimes feel as if Ive violated their privacy. How do you handle that Helen?  Most people on PB have nice cameras and lens. My DSLR was actually stolen in London and Ive yet to replace it. Ive found that if I use my Galaxy Note I can get people shots with less attention but then I suffer with lesser quality. Sorry for the ramble!

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Iain Gilmour 10 months, 1 week ago

#2 is an outstanding photograph!

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Abigail Gossage 10 months, 1 week ago

Excellent set!  Love the baby buggy and dogs😃

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