Stensjö By – pictures with 135mm focal length and Kodak Tri X

In recent years, wide-angle photography has become more and more popular, also due to smartphone photography. You want to get as much as possible in the picture from a small distance. It is worthwhile to look for a section again. During one of our visits to Stensjö By, we only used the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 135mm and took analogue photos on a Kodak Tri X.

Closer. Right in the middle.

Our tele-vision with 135mm focal length

The 135mm focal length in the 35mm / full format segment is one of the first large telephoto lenses in this size been. Especially with rangefinder cameras you could just use the 135mm focal length and recognize and focus on the subject in the viewfinder. The 135mm focal length is one of the classic focal lengths that is more of a shadowy existence today.

I have loved this focal length for many years, as it takes me into the action, while with a wide-angle lens I tend to stay outside would.

135mm – to the point

underestimated or loved …

Especially photographers with rangefinder cameras prefer small lenses. A 135mm focal length is quite out of the ordinary. But: With this focal length I get a completely different view and my pictures make a very special statement. Distances are compressed, details are highlighted and released from the background.

Whether landscape, architecture or portrait, with the 135mm focal length I will approach my subject in a completely different way.

Down to earth and unobtrusive

At eye level. Respectful. Free.

With a 135 mm focal length, for example, I can see animals in my picture that would flee at a shorter distance. With a narrower section, the image appears much calmer than with the numerous details of a 28mm lens. It is similar to natural vision: I focus on a point within my field of vision that is essential to me. I hide everything else at this moment. With a 135mm lens I make this my focus visible.

Straight lines

Undistorted. Dreamy.

We know it too well. The closer we get to an object, e.g. a church, the more we have to twist our heads to see it as a whole. We now adopt the same attitude when taking photos. And inevitably have converging lines.

If I keep my distance, I can hold the lens straight and achieve clean lines. Of course there are now elements in the picture that conceal part of the object of desire. But in contrast to a shot with a wide-angle lens, these elements frame the main subject. They are even shown out of focus with a wonderful bokeh

“Perhaps we should look over the shoulder of the painters or filmmakers who are looking for an excerpt and create a small work of art from it.”

In Stensjö By, parts of Astrid became -Lindgren film adaptation of the children of Bullerby filmed.

Just do it

Use the viewfinder as a viewfinder

It’s pretty convenient to use a wide-angle lens. Everything comes in the picture without having a lot of luggage. But I can only recommend using the viewfinder as a viewfinder again. To look for excerpts that are worth depicting. Promise: There will be pictures whose effect you didn’t think possible. So maybe just be brave, use a telephoto lens with a 135mm focal length and discover your surroundings in a completely new way.

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