I was wandering around the Queen | University area the other day and was struck by the sheer number of people everywhere. I hung out on the corner of University and Queen Street for about 30 min doing nothing but snapping crowd shots.
By the time I got to Union Station, the volume of pedestrians was tiring. I don’t come down at rush hour very often because of the press of humanity, but once in awhile, it’s fun to people watch.
I wasn’t paying enough attention to the settings so not a lot of the photos were crisp enough for my tastes. They’ll do, but other photos I took that day (not posted yet) were studies of specific scenes, rather than street vistas and came out wonderfully sharp with a good colour balance.
I set out to keep the photos at around 24mm to test what type of lens I should consider for my first prime lens. I spent a day doing nothing but taking 50mm another 35 etc. So far, the 24mm seems to float my boat the most. I’m leaning towards the Canon EF-S 24MM F2.8 STM lens. I like long, full shots that pick up lots of details. I’m not a huge fan of bokeh and prefer seeing details happening in the scene, so I think the 24mm might be what I’m looking for. However, I really need to work harder on the mechanics of photography before I get to that point.
So … it’s time to return to lessons and read up on strengthening clarity and sharpness. Even the best lens in the world is a waste of money if I can’t get the basics down.