One of my favorite photographers, Garry Winogrand, routinely violated some of the classic 'rules' espoused by photography teachers and theorists - and specifically the rules about getting 'close' to a subject, or framing it in such a way as to cut out unnecessary details. Winogrand once said, "I wish I had a lens that took in my whole angle of vision". His photographic tool of choice was a 28mm lens, which he claimed was closest to his "angle of attention"; but he also shot frequently with other wide angles, including the moderate 35mm, and the ultra-wide 21mm, though he felt it needed to be used carefully, because of its inherent distortion.
Winogrand's wide-angle shots are can be packed with things, forms, stuff and 'information'; but nonetheless they often have a center or nexus, a subject around which everything else pivots. Winogrand's predecessor, the great Robert Frank, also used wide angles to "test the limits of scale" - or, in his own words, to see, "how small a thing could be in a frame and still sit as its nominal subject.”
Your Challenge, for the Tenth Photographer's Lounge Salon, is to find, take, or create a photograph - old or new - that in some way shows us a WIDE VIEW that you could never have achieved with either a 'normal' or telephoto lens.
The Challenge will run starting today, the 20th of March, through midnight of April 6th, approximately the next two weeks.
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I was lucky enough to be on business in Israel and to have a free day to tour around the Old City in Jerusalem:
up to the condemnation by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
gateway by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
keep coming, plenty of room by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
doors in the jewish quarter by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
western wall by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
Looks like our work with the Olympus gear keeps increasing!
For those who may not be aware, I had one of my images taken with Olympus gear used in an email advertisement and that same image may potentially be used in print ad campaigns. Given this, I had some talks with Olympus America (a great crew of people over there) and they gave me a great deal on the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens.
Out of all the zooms for Olympus, this is the one that I had most interest in using. For the wider to medium focal lengths, the primes seem to fit the bill quite nicely.
I have coverage of the Arnold Classic coming up soon and this year decided with the acquisition of the Olympus gear that I would try to shoot it Olympus only.
Last year I shot the Arnold with Nikon, using the 24 and 50 primes and the 80-200/2.8 zoom. We knew we would need a fast longer zoom, so we started looking. The 40-150/4-5.6 and 75-300/4.8-5.7 we already had would be too slow, so the 40-150/2.8 seemed like the perfect choice.
Here are some sample images that will show the sizes of different 135 lenses versus the m43 40-150/2.8 PRO. Please forgive the crappy cellphone captures of the images.
Left to right:
Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 VC, Olympus 40-150/2.8 PRO, Nikon 80-200/2.8D
No lens hoods
Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 extends when zoomed. Olympus does not. The Tamron would not stay extended sitting in this position....
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