800 – Two Books

Almost a couple of years ago, when I started doing this numbered blog I can remember several occasions when I was conflicted about which book to read, and couldn’t make up my mind. I am sure that there have been several such occasions during my journey to bloggendum.

Once again, I am in that position of having to books on the go, with others knocking at the door. But, the two of the moment are A history of Hampshire and Street Photography Workshop. Two completely different yet equally engrossing books.

I have just finished Chapter Two of Hampshire which was about the Roman occupation of the south of England around 43AD. And yet it covers battles at Maiden Castle of Dorchester, and the establishment of Bath. The Isle of White also appears to be equally as important. I am assuming that this is because of easy access to the coast by Roman ships. I can’t wondering what I would do if I were in those times with a modern camera (that still had access to unlimited storage and never ran down its battery (yes, I know). It would be fascinating.

Applying the principles of Street Photography to the citizens of that time would probably have not been received very well.

The chapter of street photography workshop that I am reading at present deals with equipment, specifically (at present) lenses. Now, a prime lens is one of fixed focal length whereas a zoom lens has variable focal lengths. Which do you thing street photographers prefer? I thought it strange that they prefer prime lenses. But this is the case, and it is for two reasons; Prime lenses are of better quality than zooms and also (perhaps more importantly, although this might be slightly contentious) because, if you are looking at a potential phot, and have to worry ab out which setting to use, you are very likely to lose the picture. That does make sense to me.

Now, I can feel the urge to go our and buy a decent compact, but this is just turning me into a gadget freak, when why do I need to bother? I have one one of the best street photography tools nearly always available in my pocket.

I am of course talking about my phone. Not only is it convenient, but every has one, and being seen holding the phone rather than a big camera with a big lens is much less likely to influence a picture.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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