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I decided to engage in a Prime Lens Experiment for 2019. The First Rule is not to let any of the rules get in the way of taking and posting pictures. The Second Rule is to shoot exclusively with a single focal length for an indefinite period TBD. To start, I’m thinking I might stick with each focal length for a quarter, but that is not written in stone. It’s kind of like We35 but with varied focal lengths during the year.
I’m starting with 50mm (full frame or equivalent). It is a midrange to ever-so-slight telephoto length. In the past I found it a challenging length for things like the street photography shot on display here,* as it lacks the easy width of 35mm or the reach of an 85 or 90mm.
My very tentative roadmap for the year is to try 90mm in the second quarter, then 28mm, and maybe the old familiar 35 in the 4th quarter. I’ll grant myself flexibility for special events, or photo trips, but otherwise I want to keep to this one fixed lens length at-a-time rule.
The Final Rule: get back to shooting at least once every week, and posting at least as often.
Regarding this image, it is common for people crossing the street to spread out. Even when the person in front of you is not impeding your progress, it seems that people just naturally want to walk with nobody in front of them. But a spacing this clean, and with the center figure leading all others, is still pretty unusual.
* This is not exclusively a street photography project, and I mention this just as a “for example,” and because that’s what I shot on my first outing in 2019.