From my previous blogs where I talked about getting a new lens and learning how to work with it, I finally got the chance to go out and just use it. It wasn't as intimidating as I initially thought. As posted on my last blog, I got this comment about using an f/1.4 lens at f/8. So as I stepped away from my bike, I thought to myself, "I'll set the lens at f/1.4 and stick with it no matter what." This was new to me. Being used to f/13 and smaller for landscapes, and only currently used f/8 at Gangwon-Do, such a wide aperture is just something I'd never imagine using. But here I was with my new lens and about to get myself some experience.
The first thing that came to my mind was DOF. I found a spot of neatly arranged shopping carts outside a closed mart. It's funny how my eyes went to photography mode as soon as I held my camera. The problem is, I thought f/1.4 would give me enough light to see a lot at night, so I was stupid enough not to bring my tripod. Boy, did I regret that.
Talk about building confidence, I really want to get into Street Photography or even Journalism. But like most beginners out there, I don't have enough confidence to just take a picture of people in-their-faces. So I thought of starting small. Just a little interaction with the people on the street. I happen to pass by the market and found some things I think are worth while. They may not be people, but I had to interact with some people before taking a picture.
As I put my camera down, I realized that I was 2 meters away from a motorcycle accident. When I saw what's happening, I'm battling 2 thoughts inside of me. Whether I take pictures regardless of how people might react, or call the police. As I hear the only injured woman (that people are just staring at), I just don't have the heart to exploit her condition... then again, I was also scolding myself (in my thoughts) for not being a true journalistic photographer. What I did, though, was aim my camera at a student trying to take pictures of the victim, with her phone. I spotted her while lifting her camera and reacted that way with a cold stare. She got the message and hid her phone. It makes me angry how phones are now used to exploit people instead of calling for help.
Looking at this session's result, I found a deep appreciation with wide aperture settings. It's fun to go manual (as I expected) and the challenge is healthy. It's not easy, but I'm enjoying having to learn more about it. I'm also proud of myself for being a bit more brave. Small step. But it was an effort to me.