I started doing street photography with extremely long Olympus 70-300mm F4-5.6, which was a whooping 600mm in 35mm format equivalent on the far tele end. The advantage and flexibility of zoom provided me freedom to capture shots from quite a distance away. Nonetheless, as I did more and more street shooting, I found myself moving closer and closer to my subjects.
I have sold off the 70-300mm lens for quite some time now, to fund for the Olympus 50mm F2 macro. Using a fixed focal length (prime lens) on the street has become a new challenge. No zoom, means I have to estimate the coverage in my mind, position myself nearer or further away from the subjects to get the framing I wanted. This was a huge challenge for me, because I have always been a zoom shooter, and I have always favoured zoom over prime lenses. Nonetheless, staying within the comfort zone for too long will never get me anywhere, hence I moved from super long telephoto zoom lens to shooting primarily with 50mm only on the street.
And something weird happened lately. I usually carry both 50mm and my wide angle lens, Olympus 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 lens in my bag, just in case I wanted some wide shots. Recently, unknowingly the 50mm stayed in the camera bag most of the time. I did not even realized it until I reviewed my shots, I have been shooting more and more with 11-22mm, the wide angle lens !!
Start the day with a Camwhore.