Published on: 27th Apr 2016This is the second instalment of my of articles about my lens usage in Shenzhen. In the first article I gave a breakdown of the distribution of the lens focal lengths and then ended up showing you some photos taken with the 27 mm lens.
This article will concentrate on the photos taken with the 56mm lens. This focal length is an [here].)interesting one as it is in the middle of my focal length distribution with four focal lengths used less often and only two (the 27mm and 35mm focal lengths) used more often. I've included the slide  showing the distribution of my focal length usage to remind you of the distribution. (Read the original article
This lens' usage is also very unique, as the resulting photos are rather street portraits that street photography, although I will still classify them as street photography because the subjects in all these photos were unaware of my presence.
An interesting fact is that in all these photos I used a large aperture in order to soften the background - this obviously means that the context / environment is not playing any role inthe story of these photos any more when viewed on their own. That being said, these photos will form a great photo as part of an essay where some of the other photos were taken with a wider angle of view to include the surroundings. In fact, "The potato seller"  is part of such a small essay. All the other photos in that essay were taken using my trusted 35mm F1.4 lens. In a future article I will share this essay with you.
Looking at these photos I realised that in all cases I deliberately changed lenses from the 35mm to the 56mm to get a closer, more personal view.
The last observation is that all the photos in this article were taken in one afternoon at Dafen Art Village. I think an introduction to Dafen village will be a good way to end this article.
Dafen Oil Painting Village is most likely the largest mass producer of oil paintings in the world. According to the China Daily these artists manufacture about 60% of the total global volume in knock-off canvases. Many of the artists are trained in the required techniques at Chinese art academies. Nowadays they also produce many original works and the price for such an original work will not necessarily be inexpensive.
On our Photoparadise 2016 tour we are planning a visit to this art village as it is a great and interesting street photography opportunity.
(If you have read up to here and did not click on a photo yet, do so to see them in larger format and also to browse through the rest of this gallery)