One of my favorite photographers and teachers is the legendary Jay Maisel. I've learned many things from him just from studying his books and listening to him in conversation with Scott Kelby.
Jay Maisel talks a lot about light, colour and gesture. He also stresses the need to go out shooting completely “empty”. What he means by this is to approach Street Photography without any fixed agenda. This process of allowing the shot to come to you, is all about being committed, without being attached to the outcome.
In practicing this process, it occurred to me that the greatest camera is actually the human brain, the mind and vision – long before the shot is taken.
The following images reflect my passion for vivid colour, lines, shape and form. Very little post processing was done to achieve my desire – these images were shot in Raw Mode straight out of the camera and exported ready to share with you.
I hope you like them – I do
The 50mm lens is a very important tool in the cameraman's arsenal. This len has been promoted and endorsed by some of the finest photographers ever to practice this craft – from Henri Cartier Bresson to Bryan Peterson. What amazes me, is that this is the only lens Henri Cartier Bresson used throughout his entire career with his trusted Leica 35mm.
For 2015, I decided to start a new project, which would feature photographs taken exclusively with this iconic lens. It is been well documented that this lens forces the photographer to fight for his shots, to zoom with his feet and to continually change perspective in order to create the perfect photograph.
Bryan Peterson, in his wonderful book "Understanding Composition" mentions the importance elf learning the language of how your Lens sees. This means developing with the field of view that is unique to the 50mm Lens and then exploiting this knowledge with any given scene. This is a wonderful practice and as I have discovered, it is improving how I see the world around me, following Bryan's advice.
What I have learned so far using this lens on my D90 is that I like my images to come out of the camera exactly as I see the shot with my eye, that's just for starters. I also notice that using the D90 on the basic standard camera settings in Picture Control, the colour reproduction tends to be a little flat. I like my images to “POP” with vibrant and vivid colour, exactly as I see it.
As shoot in Raw mode, I don't want to spend too much time at the computer post processing, so I discovered a neat little trick – depending on the meter reading I have discovered that by under exposing my images by a 1/3 stop, sometimes a full stop even, my images have been coming out of the camera exactly as I intended, with vibrant, vivid colours which I am very happy with.
The camera's built-in meter is very effective, however, I don't always take it at face value. This technique of under exposing, in raw mode, allows me the flexibility to achieve the shot exactly as I see it and in post processing in Lightroom 5, I can make some minute adjustments without altering the visual integrity of my image.
This I believe is the supporting me in becoming a much more competent photographer and also really learning and mastering the Exposure Triangle –IOS, Aperture and Shutter Speed.
The images below represent a small aspect of my 50 mm journey so far. I will be adding to this gallery and blog as I go along, for now I hope you enjoy my vision through the magic of my 50mm lens 1.8
I like to mix things up a little with my photography to avoid boredom. So, I have created an interesting project which will force me to create some compelling images using my 50mm.
This lens has been promoted as an essential piece of kit and one which can improve the compositional value for any image for a photographer. I have taken this on to improve my vision using this lens and to create something interesting.
My criteria for this particular piece of writing is to showcase images which I feel communicate something powerful, images which have a strong emotional content and also images which force you the viewer to think.
I hope you enjoy this collection as I go along.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015