It feels like the winter is finally over in London, well it FEELS that way. I know better, it’s bullshit, but I’ll take what I can get. This fake spring’ish weather allowed me to enjoy getting out and about on the scoot. I’ve been to the Ace Cafe a few times but I’ve rarely taken many photos. Mostly I just love riding without carting any crap on my person, or on my bike. But 2016 is going to be different, and this was a great opportunity to photograph the wildlife that attend motorcycle culture hotspots like the Ace.
I’m enjoying playing with the limits of my shooting situation, that being one where nothing can be staged. I love the look of the bikes in among the people. There are already more, better, photographers taking studio shots or planned shots at beautiful locations at the perfect time…that’s not my game at all. I love to keep the people in the shot, the owners and would be owners of these prized possessions. To me it seems much more natural to see the objects of desire in this light, never alone! But surrounded by people who lust after them, maybe you can just catch a glimpse if your lucky!
Mostly I shot the Sony A7 with the Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8, this is about as much gear as I like to carry with me on the bike. But it’s not a crutch at all, the Ziess is incredibly sharp, renders beautiful colors IMO. But this time I also decided to try something a bit wider. The only thing I have available at the moment is the Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm 2.8 from my Minolta CLE film rangefinder. It’s pretty obvious what lens is what in the photos, but interestingly, it’s the first time I’ve shot an old lens and a modern masterpiece back to back. There certainly is a look to the old glass, I’ll have to shoot more of it over time.
The Sony A7 with the Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8, is proving to be an amazing combination for almost every situation I find myself in. It’s small enough that it can fit in a small bag which will fit on my back. And the sharpness and resolution mean I can do quite a bit of cropping if need be. Shooting the wide angle vintage lens has made me realize that I need to get myself a nice wide angle lens. I’ve been reading great things about the Sony FE 28mm F2 Lens , and it’s ultra affordable so no excuse not to pick it up! And when I do you can be sure I’ll post a little review of my findings.