A Few Blocks in the Rain

I was feeling creative…I wanted to stay dry but had the itch so I decided to talk a photo walk around a few blocks on my way to dinner. I have an AirBnB in the Zuoying district of Kaohsiung, a ways outside of downtown. So it’s quite domestic in this part of the city – the suburbs, in a sense.

Below is a Taiwanese woman tending to her plants. She’s telling me about how much nicer they bloom in the winter but right now they’re not so nice. 3rd picture she’s pointing to my apartment building after I showed her my address (I can’t say it in Chinese).

I’ve been concentrating on using the Fuji 16mm f/1.4. And I vacillate between loving it and hating it with equal fervor. 24mm fov is really hard for me when doing street because you have to get right in people’s business if you want the shot.

It’s very wide – and the distortion characteristics are fun when it turns out right. But hard to avoid when you don’t wait it in your shot, like the one on the left. I’ve been feeling the itch to return to a zoom lens sometime in the future and might give the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 another go as they’re very inexpensive and good quality.

One thing I like about the 16mm though is that even when I miss focus entirely I find I still enjoy the photo. The way it renders is really nice and being a wide-angle the depth of field is very forgiving. I’ve been manually focusing as I’m still trying to learn how to combine back-button autofocus with. I I also like the documentary flavor you get, like with the woman and her plants. Great for environmental portraiture! Still working on getting to know the field of view…Maybe I just need to give it more time.

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  1. I’m struggling to learn the 10-24 so I feel you on the 16. It’s tempting to go back to my 35 but on other hand, it’s good to learn something new

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