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Street Photography and Portraits with the 24-70mm f/2.8 – Viral Trends

Street Photography and Portraits with the 24-70mm f/2.8

It’s our first day in Greece and I’ve been itching to do some photography. In particular, street photography.
However, after picking up our quad, and heading out with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens I really wanted to do some street photography. However, I was struggling a little bit with the 24-70mm. It’s a new lens for me, and trying to frame things in that focal range is still really new to me. And, that’s part of the fun. But, when the street photography wasn’t really turning out great, I turned to some portraiture photography in some outstanding light.
I photographed @alajode in the middle of some beautiful architecture here in Heraklion, Greece and I think the portraits came out amazing.
In fact, it made shooting the 24-70mm f/2.8 a lot of fun. It’s actually a great focal length for shooting portraits. And, the images were so much fun.
I think my photography will include some more 24-70mm 2.8 from now on.


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  1. I have a 24-70, as well as my 16-35 and 70-200. When I carry all three the 24-70 is my least used lens. However, you recently mentioned on your Instagram that you hope to make more posts that show the story of the day. If I was to go out to a new city with one camera and one lens, nothing (for me) captures the story of a day better then the 24-70. It is a lens that can make do with whatever the day throws at you. I have shot landscape, Astro, portrait, action and candid with it. Not optimal but it works.

  2. Loved this video – The first few mins reminded me of a tiny city in New Zealand, Napier. The Ahuriri suburb is like a smaller version, with less "feel".
    Lens: I prefer a 24-105 to a 24-70, even losing a stop, because it's more versatile.

  3. Now that Greg's not there it's now the lenses that are the problem hahaha, great pictures of Jodie 👍Also you need the 24-70 to complete the trinity with the 16-35 and 70-200, remember it's all about the gear hahaha

  4. Wait, noooo! Use the 'gate' from the pic with the lil' ol' lady and shop the gate on the 'moving' pic with the scooter, leaving its background in motion. Reckon the scooter pic'll go from meh to yeah!

  5. I have to agree with you about the 24-70 zoom (mine's a Tamron). I have the whole Holy Trinity of zooms but I use the 24-70 the least. Great lens, though. But, too "normal" as you excellently put it.

  6. Ha! My island – lived there 20 years. Many layers of history in this town. Most of the buildings you walked around are Venetian. Hope you got at least a summary book on the history of the area (the oldest civilization of Europe was 2.5 miles away from you, in Knossos – and all the layers from that time to today, in the city of Iraklion). Yeah, the 24-70 is a normal consistent lens for general events and weddings, no personality, but useful. You probably needed a couple of primes with more personality to enrich it a bit.

  7. Being a prime lens shooter mainly I tend to enjoy the 'normal' look of the lenses. To me, a zoom lens is great in certain situations, but they tend to make me lazy and I don't care for that. I'd rather move my feet than zoom a lens to get the composition I want. I can control things better and get the field of view I want rather than have odd focal lengths. Then again, I learned photography shooting film, so I tend to work differently than those photographers who have only shot digital. None of this is a criticism of your shooting at all. It's just my preference. I've really enjoyed your images since Patagonia. You've stepped up your game quite a bit, which is great!

  8. Just came back from 10day holidays in Greece Brendan…the trick is put enjoyment first…head to the beach late afternoon, a lot quieter and not getting sunburned, soak and relax in the sea, shoot the sunset while you are there, found out silhouettes work best, have your evening meal(taverna or streetfood), and then go out with a 50/85 1.4, lots of nightlife foto opportunities till early morning hours…at least that worked for me…Have a good time!

  9. Are you going to visit Meteora ? Crazy mountains peaks suspended in the air and the the views are too beautiful to believe, specially when watching the sunset.

  10. With street photography of people particularly you're often better off with a 28mm, 35mm or 50mm prime, gives you one less thing to think about if you're wondering "How little or how much shall I zoom for the shot". Also these primes are small and light so it makes you get closer to your subject which in turn makes the images more impactful. You're also less obtrusive than having a big zoom lens on your already big DSLR.

  11. I don’t know…
    I don’t know who is the luckiest, you having such a beautiful model. Or Jody having such a good photographer around!
    The red shirt with the sun glasses under the warm, framed light was really nice… 👍

  12. I had a 24-105 and I sold it. Now I want it back. So Brendan, if you want to get rid of your 24-70, keep me in mind…that’s close enough to my 24-105.

    Enjoy Crete…I was in Heraklion for a day off a cruise ship….definitely NOT enough time to see and experience everything I wanted to!

  13. When you talk about the lens being not what what you want, could you not use that lens but crop into the image as if you shot on the tele lens? Would You have enough pixels to still get a good shot? Would that work or am I being daft?

  14. I've taken my 24-70 for a stroll a couple times recently, I struggle with it. Oddly, 18-135 on my 80D and Fujifilm camera I have no problem at all. It might be that I feel I should photograph differently.

  15. Brendan

    If you are still looking for a place that offers photographic opportunities in Crete try going to the Island of Spinalonga which is just over an hours drive from Heraklion. Can be reached on a short ferry from Elounda. It is an enchanting island with an abandoned village once a leprosy colony that was used as the background context for Victoria Hislop's award winning novel – 'The Island'. Nice local fish restaurants on the mainland as well.

  16. Brenden be very careful driving on the roads of Crete. Drivers are crazy and there a lot of accidents!! So Stay safe. If you pass from Athens msg me maybe we can do a short photoshoot walk for street photography. Huge fan cheers mate.

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