I have the biggest dilemma. I’m torn between subject and context, between one message and a full asemblage, detail and atmosphere. 50mm or 35mm focal lenght?
Here are two very recent examples:
See what I mean? Please, ignore the difference in light –which obviously favors the second photo– and focus on two things: how there is much more context on the second image and also how the background is less blurred, since the longer the focal lenght the easier it isolates the subject.
I know purists will say that context, background and surroundings are part of the message and that an experience photographer sould be able to integrate them in the visual narrative but… Sometimes I find detail to be richer, to provide more info than background.
See? I’m drowning in this dilemma. What do you think? Do you have a preference yourself?