Brighton Beach and Seafront is one of my street photography projects for the summer of 2020. Come to think of it, it’s become an annual project!
I also find it interesting to see how my street photography has evolved and improved from one year to the next. So this is also a benchmark project, with my home city of Brighton being the constant factor.
A visit to London back in March found me hitting my street photography stride. But then Covid-19 lockdown kicked in and that was the end of that.
I didn’t venture far from home or pick up my camera again until June when lockdown began to ease. It’s fair to say I had become rusty, both physically and photographically, to say the least!
Getting back into my stride wasn’t easy, not only because I’d become rusty but also because I needed to adapt my photographic style for social distancing to keep myself and those around me safe.
Brighton Street Photography
So, as I was saying, the beach and seafront has become one my Brighton street photography projects again this year. Mostly featuring people and mostly shot in monochrome, with some exceptions and with plenty of dynamic elements thrown into the mix.
Wide Angle Street Photography
I’ve particularly enjoyed shooting these images with a wide angle lens. Wide angle street photography is certainly becoming my favourite style.
When I say wide angle I mean really ultra wide. That means using 14mm or even my new 11mm fisheye lens (on a full frame camera).
Traditionally street photography is shot with a 35mm or 50mm lens. Some of the greatest iconic street photography images use these focal lengths. But I’m increasingly favouring going much wider to achieve a different perspective.
There’s a splash of colour here and a touch of long exposure motion blur there. But dynamic street photography is the overriding theme. The use of light and shadow features strongly in this series too, which is an important part of everything I do.
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For a different perspective have a look at my Brighton street photography September 2020 post, which is a completely different style, using a longer 85mm lens.