Constrained but Wiser! 50mm Fixed Lens

So, I’ve been wondering what lens length is best to be able to capture those fleeting moments or instantaneous expressions and emotions that you see all around, and you want to capture in street photography.  I learned that it sometimes helps to constrain yourself, to see what it is possible to do with one, fixed lens length.  The constraint helped me enormously in developing a shooting vocabulary of sorts.  Working repeatedly at 50 mm, I framed with my feet rather than with the lens…

Here’s an offering for the 50 mm fixed lens assignment.

A racer in the Air Force Cycling Classic in Clarendon, on the afternoon of May 31, 2009.  These cyclists raced 100 km on a circuit around four blocks in the heart of urban Arlington, winding around tight corners and racing by packed restaurants which set up tables outside.

A racer in the Air Force Cycling Classic, May 31, 2009. These cyclists raced 100 km on a tight circuit around four blocks in the heart of urban Arlington.

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2 Responses to Constrained but Wiser! 50mm Fixed Lens

  1. Very successful shot at 50 mm!!! Its very tight on the subject but you can still see a bit of the background which gives you additional information. I like it!

    • ansuseye says:

      Thank you. I took a series of pictures, and the cyclists were coming at me at great speed so it was a chance that this one was in focus.

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