Disclaimer : Right up front for those concerned there is no expectation of privacy in public in the Far South. Street photography is legal and not a crime. I was recently gifted a TTArtisans 23mm F/1.4 for a special occasion by the family. This lens harks back to days gone by and can be described as a vintage style lens. It is not the sharpest lens in the box , especially on the fringes when wide open. It also suffers from some vignetting and is a manual prime lens. I have an interest in E-Film ( as I call it ) which is shooting jpeg in camera. In the recesses of my mind I recalled a camera preset on Kevin Mullins web page called Parr Punchy. Martin Parr is perhaps one the UKs most known photographers and is known primarily for his punchy, high contrast colour photographs of scenes of everyday life. Whilst conventional street wisdom dictates the use of a 50mm focal length for street photography ( Henri Cartier-Bresson school ) research suggests Parr tends to go a little wider and prefers a 35mm lens. Many of his images seem to be shot in landscape orientation at a 8X10 aspect ratio. Now it so happens that the TTArtisans focal length equivalent is conveniently 35mm - a little longer than I am used to using on the street - but on par with Parr it seems. The E-Film calls for a setting of ISO160 but with the bright big skies high contrast light in the Far South I decided to go with ISO640. This way I could engage the camera Dynamic Range settings to compensate. Armed with the panama hat for protection from the sun , Parr Punchy dialed in, manual focus set to 3 feet (2-6 feet DOF at F/2.8 to F/4.0) and shutter set to electronic ( silent ) off I set to 2 flea markets and the seaside to see what I could hunt. A 5 stop variable ND filter was used to bring the shutter speeds down to typically under 1/1000 of a sec. All images are single shots and most images are 'shot from the hip'. The 8X10 aspect ratio crop has been used to coincide with Parr's aspect ratio and images are jpeg straight out of camera.
I was engaged by another like minded panama hat wearer who enquired whether I was sneakily taking images of people at the market. While telling him about the art of street photography , and how most people were totally oblivious of having there picture taken at close range, all of which he thoroughly approved of I snapped off a shot of him during the conversation without his knowing. He was kind enough to point me in the direction of some interesting subjects too. Gear matters : Fuji X-T30ii, TTArtisans 23mm F/1.4, 1.5 to 5 stop variable ND filter. Vignetting has largely been minimised due to the 8X10 cropping.
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