One of my intents on changing to Fujifilm X100T was to take better portrait shots. Wait… what did he just say? Take better portraits with a f/2.0 35mm lens? You won’t be able to take great head shots with a beautiful background blur anymore! Yep, that’s true, but that’s exactly the point! I wanted to learn something better: I wanted to practice environmental portraits.
An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject’s usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject’s life and surroundings. By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, it is thought that you will be able to better illuminate their character, and therefore portray the essence of their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their physical features. (wikipedia)
35mm seems perfect for such a task. You can see some examples of that in my previous post about Chiang Mai. I also talked about it a little in the post about Getting Closer when I was in the Philippines back in February. Below you can find a few more taken in the Tha Kha Floating Market in Thailand.