Street View: Vancouver and New Westminister

As winter sets in the light disappears quicker and quicker. So in turn my photo walks have transitioned from 3-4 hrs to 1 hr(ish) if I am lucky.

Its been a good challenge though, one that forces me to be more decisive in my location selection. I cant linger very long nor can I shoot a bundle full of photos of the same thing, so my attention has to be quick and sharp to find a solid composition.

Street View: Vancouver 01

The street photography bug has been eluding me lately and of all days for it to come back it was on a typical rainy fall day in the city. Normally I neglect my camera on these days and stick to staring into my laptop at other peoples great work and wishing the weather was better. Today though I had a little bit of extra motivation to get me out of the house.

I recently picked up Fuji's cute 27mm pancake lens to slim down my street kit. I have to say it does make my camera look like its sized for a dwarf. When I look at it I actually tend to forget that it is quite a powerful camera/lens combo, looks can be deceiving. Thats all the better though as it keeps me incognito when I am pointing my lens at people. I'm not entirely sure if it was the lens that made me look less intimidating or the confidence it gave me in blending into the shadows with the camera. People do not seem to care as much as I thought they did about having there photo taken. They are much too pre-occupied with whatever business is cluttering their minds. 

As usual while shooting I wasn't entirely sure if I got anything I wanted or how the lens was going to perform. I like to call that shooting without expectations, its quite meditative actually. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised with the snaps I got and the 27mm performed admirably. I believe the advent of having to move around more to get the right framing gets me noticing things I might not notice if I were to just zoom in with my 18-55mm lens. So if you ever want to look un assuming behind the lens to get some candid shots, I highly recommend picking up a pancake lens.