Confession, I made a switch from Canon to Sony photography gear. The Sony A7 III mirrorless camera had some interesting advanced tech that is a nice upgrade from my 10 year old Canon 5D mark II.
To compliment this new camera, I rented the Sony 24mm F1.4 GM at Budgetcam. To get a good feel how this lens handles in a travel-like situation, I walked the streets of downtown Amsterdam to evaluate this piece of glass I might want for myself.
Testing the 24mm GM gave me plenty of joy, with such a large aperture I could still achieve that lovely shallow depth of field on a wide angle lens.
Suddenly I came across these guys that were breakdancing. With Corona they weren’t able to perform for a public, but were just chilling and practicing. I asked if I could take some photos, switching to the Sony 55mm F1.8 for these shots. The break dancers from Brazil were more than happy to dance and pose for me. We connected through Instagram so I could share the results.
Switching back to the 24mm I strolled along, thinking that I’ve seen quite the few interesting people today, but couldn’t find the courage to ask if I could take their picture. This was soon going to change as moments later I saw a girl sitting on a bench, smoking, going through her phone, minding her own business. I managed to wound up some courage to talk to her, tell her how I liked the attitude she’s having and if I could take a photo of her? She was cool with that, so I told her to just keep doing what she was doing.
Now I was on a roll, a street further I walked through another photogenic setting and saw a cute Asian girl, again I told her she was pretty and if I could take a photo, yes no problem.
So I learned a bit more of street photography today, oh and I also fell in love with the Sony 24mm F1.4 GM, so I’m getting that one too 🙂