Conundrum...

by Pino Pino September. 20, 2019 333 views

My never ending conundrum...

Which lens to take on a one-lens excursion.

Okay, so you might be thinking that conundrum is a bit of strong language... I mean it is just one excursion... and typically not to outer Mongolia so it's not like I can't make that excursion again with a different lens.

But... can I make THAT excursion again... really?

I shoot candid almost exclusively.

I don't do posed. Have I mentioned that before - perhaps 1,000,000 times or so?

What is going on at THIS moment is NOT what will be going on at THAT moment... ever... anywhere... forever.

So - which lens will best serve me TODAY... THERE... THEN?

That was my 'conundrum' when I popped over to our band's car wash fundraiser... (public event - obviously!)

55-300?

I do like my 55-300.

14 2.8?

I do want to see what that can do.

Is the suspense killing you?

Oh, ok... well, it was killing me that day.

Sometimes ya' just gotta' grab and go - because until you do there are no shots to agonize over which lens you SHOULD have taken to shoot them with! ;)

So I took both! ;)

The 14 on my FF and the 55-300 on my Crop...

Hmmmm.... maybe I should have also taken my... ... ... argh!

Okay - time for pictures!

The first 4 - my 55-300mm was the perfect choice...

The next 3 - never would have gotten them if it had not been for the 14mm...

Oh, and why are these all b/w, you ask?
'Cause I just can't get my brain to stop!
I do still process many photos in color, but the more I shoot lately the more I'm drawn back to b/w... maybe a phase... maybe not...
We shall see.
I just love this one - I know, it's a pretty simple shot, but I love it...

I just love this one - I know, it's a pretty simple shot, but I love it...

I love the detail of not only the hair but also the suds and water - my attention keeps going straight to the water coming off the fingers of her left hand... I could almost just crop down to that...

I love the detail of not only the hair but also the suds and water - my attention keeps going straight to the water coming off the fingers of her left hand... I could almost just crop down to that...

I love the dribbly soap on this one and the hard contrast...

I love the dribbly soap on this one and the hard contrast...

This one just rings nostalgia to me...

This one just rings nostalgia to me...

Who doesn't love a good soap-n-water fight? The 14mm really caught the motion in this one...

Who doesn't love a good soap-n-water fight? The 14mm really caught the motion in this one...

Dribbly water and soap again... and the 14mm just gave this shot a distinct personality that it would not have had with a different lens... I don't think I would have liked this shot at all on say a 50mm...

Dribbly water and soap again... and the 14mm just gave this shot a distinct personality that it would not have had with a different lens... I don't think I would have liked this shot at all on say a 50mm...

Again with the distinct look of the 14mm....

Again with the distinct look of the 14mm....

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Camellia Staab 1 month ago

I go through the same "conduddrum" as you every time I step out of the house with the intention of shooting. I don't want to bog myself down by carrying too many lenses and accessories but then again I go through " what if I need this or that or that one?" I have yet to find a solution and I can see that I am not the only one. I have read in multiple places that B&W is best for people shots because it "focuses" on the person and hides the distractions but then again I have seen some beautiful colored street photography that does the same. I am a "color" person but once in a while a "b&w photo just grabs my attention. I am almost at the point of  convincing myself to shoot in b&w all the time and then that way I have the best of both worlds at hand, since the camera still saves it color as well. Not sure if that is good idea or not. Not sure what the drawbacks are.

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month ago

I just decide color or bw as the image tells me when I'm processing...  sometimes it's the story of the image - sometimes the perfect shot just screams bw... but honestly also sometimes low light situation and grain push me to bw... not that you can recover a bad shot but sometimes there just isn't enough light in live action scenarios and the bit of grain looks cool in those when you go bw...  ;)

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Camellia Staab Replied to Pino Pino 1 month ago

Good point smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 month ago

Great series,love it. If I go on the street,most of the time I take just 2 lenses . One to get closer in a scene,like my 50-230mm or a vintage 135mm that is a 210mm on my fuji. And one a bit wider like my 35mm 1.4. Rarely take my big bag out 9n a walk ,always limit myself with the lenses

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Pino Pino Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month ago

Thanks! There is something to be said for picking a lens and exploring it alone for a given period... I've done that with my Nifty 50 and on another day my 100 Macro - to force me to explore the specific perspective of a given lens and to 'zoom with my feet'... ;)

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Sherry Hill 1 month ago

i think most people shots look better in b/w..

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Pino Pino Replied to Sherry Hill 1 month ago

:)

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