Had a nice little surprise yesterday when some of my pictures from this year’s Gay Pride event in London were reviewed on the photography section of the Guardian website. Seeing your photography on a national newspapers website and having some kind comments from the guys and girls on the picture desk is fantastic and a huge confidence boost.
The Guardian reviewer said “This set of pictures taken at Pride in London is another successful example of street photography.” and “Some great pictures here – you really got your teeth into this event.” but you can read it all on the Guardian Website. To be honest I wasn’t really expecting very good comments as the set didn’t have the coolness of my MMA fight pictures or the in your face flashing of the anarchist riot photos.
What I was trying to do was emulate the look that many agency and staff press photographers get of the subjects really popping out with their über expensive 24mm F/1.4 and 35mm F1.4 lenses, but with the (third of the price) Canon 28mm F/1.8 USM I purchased with the winnings from a previous Guardian Camera Club competition (recession photography).
The reason I normally get so near to my subjects and use the off camera flash is I can’t yet afford these fantastic £1,200 lenses, so need to think of clever creative ways to give my pictures an extra bit of punch. So buying the Canon 28mm F/1.8 USM lens I thought it was about time I try to get a more standard press look to my event photography.
I think it worked to a certain point however, although having a maximum aperture of F/1.8 the images it produces aren’t as sharp as I like until around F/2.5. Don’t get me wrong I’m very happy with the lens and F/2.0 and F/2.2 are just about usable especially in low light. It’s a well made and makes for a excellent walk about lens on a full frame camera.
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