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Faces in the Crowd #004

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He has character; bold.

Side Story :

Recently, I refrain myself from using my favorite lens, the AF-S 35mm f/1.8G.

I want to use my other primes that had been neglected for quite sometime.

As results, most of last week’s photos were taken with 85mm, and most of this week were or are going to be 50mm.

Conclusion: 35mm is still my favorite :D.

*Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan


10 responses

  1. orang jepang kalo di poto pada cuek ya mas?

    July 28, 2011 at 20:52

    • Umumnya cuek, tapi tidak selalu. Terkadang ada juga yang alergi terhadap kamera; biasanya dengan menunduk, memalingkan muka, menutupi wajah dan lain-lain. Kalau sudah menunjukkan tanda menolak, ya gak saya foto.

      Tapi, kalau dirasa-rasa, sepertinya lebih banyak yang tidak sadar kalau difoto — disangkanya saya sedang memfoto sesuatu di belakangnya dia ataupun alasan yang lain.

      July 28, 2011 at 21:00

  2. I like his eye’s gaze. Very “are you talking to me?” ;-)

    July 28, 2011 at 21:54

    • Haha, yes, he looks bold :D… he reminds me of Dirty Harry’s “Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?” … :D

      July 28, 2011 at 22:34

  3. Timely comment, GM. I was just thinking I want to email you and ask which is your favorite prime. I have 50mm 1.8 that I will use for the food photography, just got a 35mm 1.8 to compare it to. Find myself liking the 50 more for food (warmer tones), but now considering whether I should keep the 35. Any thoughts?

    July 29, 2011 at 05:05

    • To be honest, I’m sure you alone are the very person who knows what works for you, as it always depends on what you (mostly) shoot. I’m not a pixel-peeper, so I would say, IQ-wise, they both (35mm f/1.8G and 50mm f/1.8D) are similar. When I say I like 35mm f/1.8G better, it’s mostly because of the focal length.

      I’m no expert in food photography, so I cannot gives opinion based on my personal experience. If you only shoots food, then maybe 50mm is enough and you don’t need the 35mm. But, if you shoot something else quite often; like landscape or indoor portrait, I often find 35mm more suitable.

      For what it’s worth, here is what I see of my prime lenses and how I use it in Street Photography
      35mm (on a crop sensor) is standard focal length — it’s good for general purpose, such as shooting scene on the street
      85mm (on a crop sensor) is tele focal length — it’s good for specific object like street portrait
      50mm (on a crop sensor) is somewhere in between — it’s rather awkward. Most of the time, I would prefer to use 35mm or 85mm; I seldom want to use 50mm.

      In the end, I think you are the very person who can answer your own question. I’m sorry I cannot be very helpful.

      July 29, 2011 at 07:34

  4. Your actually answer my question :). Sorry about my cryptic question but I meant to ask you what your favorite prime for what you’re doing. I think I will keep both lenses. Thanks.

    July 29, 2011 at 07:57

    • Haha… well, glad it helps then :-)… cheers, Jenn.

      July 29, 2011 at 09:24

  5. I’m glad you kept this one in colour. I think it would’ve lost something in B&W. Top work fella!

    July 29, 2011 at 19:21

    • Thanks, mate :-). It is my preference to use color. But, yeah, some photos work with color; some don’t.

      July 29, 2011 at 19:53

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