Streets with an ultra wide (21mm)

It’s been awhile since I’ve shot any street photography. Lately landscape has been my main focus. But a few weeks back my parents visited me and I started a small project to document them while they were here. For some reason documenting my parents reminded me of a time where I use to roam the streets with my Ricoh GR, documenting the city and its people. 

So I decided to roam the streets again. Unfortunately I don’t have my Ricoh GR with me anymore so I decided to experiment with a camera that I’ve been using a lot for my landscapes, which is the Sigma Dp0 Quattro.

The thing is, the Sigma Dp0 has an ultra wide angle of view of 21mm in full frame. So I was not too sure how it would do on the streets or should I say that I was not sure of how confident I would be sticking the lens to peoples faces on the street. I always try to be discreet but it would be hard with this camera with its unique look and big fat lens.

I decided to give it a go anyway.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed using such a wide lens. I was intimidated at first but after a while you get use to it. I think it really helped that I was using a small aperture and zone focus for 90% of the shots. There was times where I found using a wide lens was better than my usual nifty fifty because I was able to point my camera beside the subject and still involve them in the frame. 

But there were also times that I wished the lens to be not as wide. It just seems that I can’t get as close as I want to be. As close as I am to the subject I was still getting full body shots of people. Also with the added wideness of the frame, I had to think more about what I was including in my frames.

Nevertheless I enjoyed using the wider lens for street and will definitely use it for street photography more often.

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