- WE35 Team Member: Armando Martinez
- Location: Denver, Colorado
- Instruments: My equipment for this outing was a Nikon D800 with a prime Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens. All processing of the images were processed in Lightroom.
So far this year with the We35 Project I have tried various situations with a 35mm lens and I continue to find it a very useful focal length for most of my photography. For this report, I took it to the annual Stock Show Parade in downtown Denver.
The parade kicks off the National Western Stock Show every year and parades an assortment of people, floats of sorts, and some livestock. Yes, they begin the parade with a herd of cattle and parade them up 17th Street right through the middle of downtown Denver. Its quite the spectacle and everyone comes out to see the tradition at high noon. Getting there early is not only good to beat traffic downtown for the big event but it also lets you get to the staging area in front of the Oxford Hotel where everyone gathers before the parade.
I thought for this experiment I would see how a 35mm lens works to photograph a parade. In this situation I would usually bring something more versatile like a zoom but in the name of science I stuck with my 35mm prime.
Using a fixed focal length was not easy to photograph a parade. It worked great in the staging area before it started but you’re limited to how close you can get to the action. Especially when there’s a herd of cattle walking towards you in the street. Sure I got some interesting photos during the parade but there’s simply a restriction to how close you can get to a moving parade and what type of photos you will capture with a 35mm lens.