I knew it would be a challenge to limit myself to my 50mm lens when I recently participated in an architectural photo walk around downtown Honolulu. Looking at all the interesting buildings and photographing them are two different things. Your eye captures the broad scope of the buildings and their surroundings and this type if scene is far more conducive to photographing with a wide angle lens – especially when the buildings sit along side narrow sidewalks on two lane downtown streets!
As the walk started I quickly realized that I would not be able to capture entire buildings with my 50mm lens in these tight quarters. So I paused for a moment to ask myself what really caught my eye…was it the building as a whole? Was it the way the light was falling across the buildings? Was it the details of the architecture itself? Often the answer was all three!
Since I only had my 50mm lens I decided to embrace the limited field of view it offers and to focus on some of the architectural details of the buildings.
The ongoing Unintentional 50mm Lens Challenge is encouraging me look deeper into myself and determine the essence of the image that I want to create. If I had a wider lens with me the images that I created would likely have been very different but I am very happy with this small selection of architectural details from my outing…
Top Left: Corner detail on the facade of the Judd Building (Designed by Oliver Traphagen – constructed in 1898)
Top Right: Columns of the Hawaiian Electric Building (Designed by York & Sawyer, with Emory & Webb – constructed in 1927)
Bottom: Courtyard Wall in the Hawaii State Capitol Building (Commissioned in 1960 to Belt, Lemmon & Lo of Honolulu and John Carl Warnecke & Associates of San Francisco – completed in 1969)