A week before our trip to Cape Town, I jotted down some ideas for images that I wanted to make. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and the images in the list would necessitate me using a wider angle lens and a change of subject matter.
The images on my list:
- Shots of my friends in their dress-ups. A tradition at 7s tournaments is for the crowd to dress up.
- Shots of strangers in their outfits. I wanted to keep my 28mm lens on my camera as much as possible so I would have to get close to the subject which I don’t really feel comfortable doing.
- Images of people outside the stadium and in the streets around.
- Scenery shots with strong foreground interest.
- Candid portraits with my 85mm lens. I rarely make portraits of men and I wanted to focus on that specifically.
- Architectural shots of the amazingly beautiful Cape Town stadium.
With an emphasis on using my 28mm as much as possible, I reduced the amount of gear I took. So with my D700 and 3 primes (28mm, 50mm and 85mm) in my bag, we set off.
These are the noteworthy shots I took over the four days that we were there.
“Guardian on her break” is my favourite shot of the weekend. It’s shot with my 50mm which is my most used focal length. Would it have been as successful a shot if I was using the 28mm at the time?
By the late afternoon Mandy and I were getting a bit bored with the rugby. We decided to take a stroll back to the apartment in the good light. I kept the 50mm on the camera.
A few things I learnt:
- I’m very comfortable shooting the 50mm focal length.
- I’m happy with my new Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 and I’m happy with the shots I took with it.
- Architectural shots of stadiums need to be wider than 28mm.
- I enjoyed setting goals for myself, writing them down and then trying to make the shots.