14 Oct PRIME TIME IN BANGKOK – taking the Fujifilm 23mm F2 lens for a walk
As a Street Photographer, I’m often asked what gear I use the most when I go hunting on the streets… Till a few months ago, my go-to lens was the Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 lens paired with a X-T1/2, giving it a 50mm equivalent focal length. While famous Street Photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, preferred the 50mm on their film cameras, I sometimes like to come in a little closer, although there is definitively a place for both!
So, before I left for a short layover in Bangkok last week, I decided to only take my two favourite primes; grabbing my trusty 35mm f2 and the brand-new 23mm f2. Together with my X-T2 , they would make for a great Street Photography set-up! Well, although I brought both in my small Retrospective bag, it was the 23mm f2 that did all the work…
First stop, was the main Bangkok railway station! It was Thai street photographer Rammy Narula, who just like myself, appeared on the Valerie’s Jardin Street Focus podcast, that inspired me to visit the place. Rammy has published a photography book (Platform 10 – click here for more) with some amazing images all shot on Platform 10 of the station. Made over more than a hundred visits, the photos were all taken in the same 20 min block where the light was at its best and are very moody and Noir.
X-T2 with 23mm f2 lens, ISO 400, f3.6,