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?
I’d been frustrated about how I should be displaying my photos of the area I often visit. I think it’s best to have them kept as a collection for a longer period of time. This series is exactly what I’m doing. I have the photos kept in my library for over a month (from April til June) and selected the better ones out. I think there’s much to work on still. But I guess I’d done an okay job shooting photos of the district I pass by almost daily (consider the time of my shooting were always at night – not much going on in the area) ,while there’s still a common theme – The district of Sheung Wan.
I think in the future I’d do more of these. To let my photos age in my library, like cellaring wines!! I’d still post photos maybe at least twice a week. I’ll find some other stuff to post here..do not worry. I just want this age+selection process to improve my photography over time. Selecting the better ones would improve the overall quality anyway. Is this a transformation to a long term project? I do not know. But it’d save me bunch of time daily thinking about what to post about.
Dried Seafood stock distribution
I think this series maybe a bit too many but considering how many photos I’ve taken for over a month. Treat it as a farewell to weekly short posts.
In fact, I just revamped my Tumblr blog. I’m making it ‘a photo a day’ sort of thing. For the time being, photos are basically reblogging from my Flickr/Wordpress. I’ll see how this is going. I’m digging the large format photos being displayed with that Tumblr theme. Really hope I could catch more audience in that community. As much as I love WordPress, I’d have my blogs go parallel. I sounded like I’m making lots of changes. But they were done to help my photography grow!
Worker checking at a construction
Workers paving for future (MTR)
Cigarette smoking man
Traffic Safety Inspector
Police directing traffic due to a leaking fire hydrant
Study for video game
Man on the street
Burning hell money
These are the characters of the district. I hope I can try a slightly different approach a little at a time. Just so you know, Sheung Wan is the district I work at. It’s also my arcade for testing approaches, techniques, camera settings. Lots of trial and error happened here and I learned from it. The area is usually not too crowded, it’s also a great place to test out my guts and stealthiness..
Thanks and have a great weekend!~ Peace.