It rained for a whole week. It was like held in captivity when there’s so little chance capturing things around me.
If it’s not the rain, I’d not ever bring out my GRD again (4 months already sitting at home). I made a couple shots the following day just to orient myself again, a couple of frames turned out great. That brought me back the idea of using a wider focal length 28mm in the narrow streets of Hong Kong. I did go back to some of the photographs I shot in 28mm. I could immediately tell the difference of how my recent 35mm photos compare to the 28mm ones – The amount of detail (environment) being captured on a frame. I’ve had mentioned my experience previously, by adjusting my footwork, distance, elevation would make everything work interchangeably despite of the focal length. Yes, but I never answered myself if I choose between them, would it be a 28mm or 35mm? Except the fact that, I’m just choosing between cameras in my case (GRD & X2).
I tried to look for answers and hopefully some masters can have an answer for me. I was glad I did. I came across with Garry Winogrand, a wonderful photographer which I look up to. In his career, he shot most of the time with the 28mm and did switch to a 35mm from time to time. No particular reasons, maybe bored. He did also say the difference is only distance.
The second after learning from a master, my immediate response is – it made so much sense. That is, if something interesting shows up in front of me; what would I do differently anyway? I’d still do the same action, frame & click. I maybe getting to choose between cameras for the weather reason. What I do is still the same, frame & click. That’s it, frame & click.
Next time ask yourself again when you choose between the focal lengths, with the same scene on a given moment, if you’ve got two of them side by side; what would you do it differently?