For years, off and on, I’ve shot fire engines. Some in their house, like this one, and others, active on the streets. This is one of my favorites. It’s a simple photo, simply framed, but I purposely stepped back and shifted to include the painted right line. It gives a purposeful asymmetry and a leading line of sorts.
For years, I’ve preferred the 35mm equivalent, ingrained in me after shooting for a year with the Fujifilm X100S. Later, I extensively used the Olympus 17mm, which gives a 34mm equivalent. They are versatile for travel and environmental portraits. But I’ve warmed up to the 50mm equivalent, which is easier for people on the street, though less intimate since I shoot from farther away.
For urban landscapes, however, I find the 50mm equivalent hard to use. They neither have wide-angle distortion nor telephoto compression. They are neutral. Which makes them boring, unless you frame well and find a good subject. But, I’ve worked on finding details and somehow, I like the way it feels with the Olympus PEN-F and the film mimicking grainy black and white. They seem to go together.
In New York City, they call the Police Department, New York’s Finest and the Fire Department, New York’s Bravest. I haven’t heard the term in Austin, but I thought it was fitting.
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