Let us introduce a photographer with a big GR love, who gave us wonderful photo presentation and talk at the GR fan event in China.
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ANN Feifei (Beijing, China)
Born in Inner Mongolia, China, 1986, I began my photography life since my 14, under my father’s guiding. After graduating from university in 2008, I became a journalist in Xinhua News Agency and almost at the same time started my career as a commercial photographer. 4 years later in 2012 I founded my own studio. From 2016 on, I have taken part in producing and editing 5 documentary photography albums, which inspired my interest for humanities documentary photography.
Why I love GR
1. The greatest kungfu is to be fast
GR is gifted the name of “best street snaper” mostly for it is literally faster than those of many other DC. Fast to turn on, fast to focus and fast to adjust exposure. The soul of street photography is to catch the best moments. In my practice, I sometime put GR-II off in my pocket. When i see or feel the “prey” around, I would quickly take it out and within seconds take a snap. Most often I and my GR-II are able to cooperate perfectly to catch the wanted-moment.
Beside this, the speed of focusing is also within concern. The easy-segue-in Snap-Shot mode is my second point, about which many GR-II fans are crazy. We can swift to manual focus mode that preset the focusing distance, this allow us to adjust the aperture to decide the depth of field, which can be intuitively seen on the screen. In this way, we can greatly save the the time of focusing and pushing or pulling the lens, and what is left for us to do is to quickly and precisely respond to the distance from you to the “prey”. The so-called fastest focusing mode is not to focus, and this is why many great street photographers love to use manual cameras.
2. Big components in small machine body
Big machine is much more aggressive and conspicuous than small machine in street photography. A small and hidden camera will be more flexible for street-snaping, also easier for a female photographer to explode through the street a whole day long.
The second fabulous big component is its focal length. GR-II carries prime lens of 28mm which can bring us high quality of imaging. 35mm is undeniably one of my favorite lens, however, in street photography, especially in narrow and constraint circumstances like Hutong, Nongtang, small alleys in China, 35mm lens can contain less information than 28mm lens. Moreover, wider lens allows more possibility for second composition and image retouch.
3. single-hand shot
The buttons‘ positions of GR are the most convenient and reasonable I have ever seen. They very much accord to human engineering, and with several user-defined button that we can easily set parameters with single hand only! This is what I enjoy GR-II the best because it joins my eyes, hand and my mind perfectly together and comfort me with the pleasure of catching sight of perfect moments and quickly grasping them seamlessly.