Saturday, June 2nd 2007
I’ve sort-of been wanting a really wide angle lens for a while. You can do so many cool things with them, and they’re actually quite useful as well. For instance, you can easily make really goofy portraits:
The widest lens I’ve had before was 17 mm, so going down to 10 mm makes quite a difference. Especially in tight spaces and for landscapes. So, having had what felt like my first ever real pay check a few days ago, I ordered a Sigma 10-20mm 1:4-5.6 (and a UV filter to go in front of it). It arrived yesterday. Included was a great carrying pouch and a lens hood.
[@Tommy: Den finns med Nikonfattning också.]
After work and dinner I went out and played with it for four hours 🙂 in town.
First I headed for the historic parts of the town. Basically a large collection of 17th century smithies, now functioning as a tourist attraction with restaurants, etc.
This bell tower worked quite well from below I thought. Sadly you can’t actually make out the bell here:
Close to the old smithies I found what looked like a half deserted factory building.
Just as I was going to leave, I saw this bracelet haning on a hinge on the fence:
The last three photos were taken with my old 75-300mm lens.
Then I headed back home, but got stuck at the church which looked pretty good against the blue sky.
There were plenty of cool cars rolling around, so I had a go at improving my panning skills. Not sure what the first one is though… some kind of Chevy perhaps?
By now it was so dark I decided to go back into town to have a shot at some lit-up fountains that I pass every day going to work.
Going there, the view of the river was pleasing to the eye. I was lucky enough to get a horde of jackdaws in the shot.
And a last shot of the church from across the river before I went home. This time I actually did go home.
I’m getting close to 10,000 photos now. My camera has made 9949 exposures, and out of those I’ve kept 3604, or 36%. Sadly I haven’t printed very many, but I’m planning on making a few enlargements soon to put up on my bare walls.