Photographed a public meeting to consider name changes for JEB Stuart High School in Falls Church, VA this weekend. JEB Stuart was a confederate general in the Civil War. Confederate names and symbols have become the center of a very useful discussion about civil rights, historical interpretation and how we value diversity. The audience had a wide range of suggestions, some of which were directly opposite one another and all of which were sincerely held. All photos were made with my handy-dandy little 35mm Prime Lens. Clearly its a limitation, but for some reason I love this lens anyway. It just has a certain look and very seldom lets me down.
Have to love that 35mm prime lens. This time its in low light at a club.
Mathtew Rakola of APA-DC (a local group for pro photographers) made a presentation about the business side of Photography to the Northern Virginia Photographic Society which is a strong local camera club based in Northern Virginia.
More of that pesky 35mm Prime. Hard to believe how fun it is.
Friends of mine make really great images with modern digital rangefinder cameras like the Sony RX1 or a Fuji X100T. They have a fixed focal length lens on either a full frame or a cropped sensor. I never really considered any of these the cameras - they are expensive and there is that little bit about not having interchangeable lenses. But - WOW - are they getting gorgeous images! So my question to a few other friends was: "What is like to only have a 35mm focal length"?
To make a long story short, I got an answer to a different question: "What's so good about primes"? Shallow depth of field, sharpness, compact size, etc. So I guess the only way to find out what its like to have only a fixed focal length is to put a prime lens on a camera and keep it there all the time. ITS A GREAT IDEA! Here are some example photos. The subjects are all different -- the common theme is that "restrictive" 35mm lens choice.