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From Hackney to Soho: The Petzval Tales

Next up in showcasing the Lomography UK staff shooting with the Petval lens is Adam, the London store's supervisor, switching between a Nikon F100 and D7000.

“If your photos aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

I find street photography a challenge. I’ve seen so many examples and watched so many documentaries from so many photographers that I’m completely desensitized to the idea that I could ever do it.

Normally I focus on buildings and architecture. They’re much more fun to photograph; they don’t pose, they’re not covered in faux-trendy renditions of retro clothing, they just sit there getting dirty, and give the true impression of the area you’ve found yourself submerged in.

However, I usually use 24mm or 35mm wide angle lenses to shoot with, so the challenge of using an 85mm lens presented me with a conundrum. I walked the banks of the Thames and across Soho taking pot-shots, switching between the f2.2, f5.6 and f4.2 Star shaped aperture plates to get the most from the fantastic depth of field this lens offers.

I also took a walk through the streets of Hackney with a roll of Fuji Reala 100 on a sunny morning on the way to our East London store, down the leafy streets and past some fantastic council estates.

It’s tough to remain inconspicuous with a shiny brass lens protruding from your camera, but the confusion prevents confrontation, so all ends well! It takes a while to get used to the stares, but you soon learn to soak up their envy.

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