Riding UTA’s TRAX line for a Photowalking event has to be one of my better ideas – just about the time I got cold (40°F), another train came along and carried the twenty-five or so of us to the next station. We did walk four blocks on this ‘walk, from the Temple Square station to the Gallivan Center.
I decided to travel extremely light: one lens, one body; and to get out of my comfort zone, by choosing my 12-24 mm lens. I bought that lens in 2005, because I previsualized this image of the Wells Fargo Building, and needed the wide angle coverage to get the shot. Its classic use is to exaggerate the foreground/background transition, especially for hyperfocal landscapes, and for photojournalistic portraits. Using it effectively in nearly all situations means getting close to the subject. I don’t use it as often as I might, so I wanted to spend some play time with it. And to make sure I wouldn’t cheat on this self-imposed exercise, I left everything else at home.
Among the many things I like about Photowalking is setting aside a time to do experiments. When we went to the west side, I brought only my new G9; when we did the Christmas lights at Temple Square I stuck with my lensbaby for everything but the group shots.
The wide angle exercise worked well for me, except once when I snatched Bryan’s camera out of his hand to get a shot I saw. That wasn’t the most stylish approach, although he handed the machine over with aplomb. And that’s another great thing about our Photowalking group – everyone is there to have fun, lend a hand, make some new pictures. No stress, no prizes, no drama. Just a lot of laughs and new friends. Next time we might even have snacks.
Thanks to UTA for letting us have our group event on the rails.