I just got back from a 3 week trip to Italy and had one particular photographic goal: to get portraits of people who stood out to me. I purchased a used copy of Nikon's 50mm ais ƒ1.2 lens prior to leaving. From changing the aperture to focusing, it's a fully manual lens. It slows me down and has, when wide open, a very shallow depth of field which is exactly what I am looking for. It stayed glued to my camera for about 90% of my trip.
I took the images below of the only fishermen I saw over the course of my entire trip. I saw these two men from a bridge that crosses the Tiber River in Rome not far from St. Peters. I knew I had to walk down and talk with them, I don't know Italian, and try and get a portrait of one of them if not both. Knowing some Spanish went a long way in talking with these two men.