Street Photography with the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero D

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

It had been a while since I’d broken out the 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D from Laowa. It’s a great little lens, but I haven’t had anything on my plate that would really suit the rendering of this lens. So, I made a challenge for myself. We had some beautiful post-typhoon clouds in Seoul and I got out to shoot a little street-inspired imagery with the ultra-wide.

I headed down to the Han River in the Yongsan district to see what I might find. I knew that the riverside would initially offer me some great views of the clouds with the city around but after that, I wanted to let the city guide me.

On my way down to the riverside, I stopped at the steps to make an image of the way down. This reminds meĀ of why I love wide-angle lenses so much. Perspective distortion is so much fun to play with!

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

Then it was off to the riverside to get the cityscape and clouds out of my system so I could focus on looking for other images. The Yeouido skyline looks tiny at 9mm, but I love the sense of scale we get. The sky feels so vast on days like this.

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

It was then that I spotted this fisherman and the shooting began. Wide angle lenses give you a great opportunity to play with perspective distortion. Objects close to the camera get extremely large, and I wanted to give importance to this man using that technique. I greeted him and spent some time photographing him and his setup. But, it wasn’t until he walked away with his catch that I found the image I was after.

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

From here, I made my way back into the city to find people and activities to photograph. On a typical day, I usually use 16mm, 23mm, or 35mm for my candid street work. So, it was a fun challenge to get really close with the 9mm f/2.8. That was not the only challenge, however. In a packed city like Seoul, it can take a lot of moving around to clean up a background when using a lens this wide. Changing my perspective really helped, especially by getting down low or up high.

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

 

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

 

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

Being meer centimetres from this speeding child was a quick reminder that you really need to have your peripheral vision working when using a lens this wide. It’s also a great time to use the tilt screen on the X-H1 as I am able to keep looking at the world around me while I shoot to make sure I’m not blocking people or in danger of being hit by something else.

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

 

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

 

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

 

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Fujifilm Street Photography

I hope you guys have enjoyed looking at these images from the Laowa. I’ve had a great time shooting with it and getting a different look at Seoul through an ultra-wide-angle lens.

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