Adventures with a 14mm lens


I bought myself a 14mm ultra-wide angle lens last week – I think it is going to be a fabulous addition to my arsenal for outdoor family/portrait/boudoir shoots, but first to get used to it, I took it on a three hour hike.

I am more of a prime lens kind of person, no huge zoom, get all up close and personal with your subject and use your feet to do the zooming, so being able to have a 115 degree angle of view on a prime lens is quite incredible, and rather strange at the same time. Add that to the fact that I am giving myself a manual focus challenge this month – and I wasn’t quite sure what kind of results I was going to get!

But, this lens is amazing. Check out the photo above! That is a massive angle of view, and, if you place your subject in the right spot, it makes for a very interesting perspective. I read somewhere that a pretty well-known photographer prefers this lens to anything else for portrait work, and I can see why. This is the kind of lens you take to a football game, or to photograph someone whose surroundings are part of who they are. I am definitely going to try it for more of my masculinity series that I am working on!

This lens is also tack-sharp when you get the focus right. Pretty impressive. it also has some fairly cool lens flare (those weird shapes at the top) if you set the shot up right. If you don’t want them, you don’t have to have them. I like the art of them.

Right.. off I go to fiddle about with some more of these images.