This past weekend the college I play trumpet at had a recording session in a nice recording studio home. I was asked to bring along the camera and grab a few shots.
Now I’ve been getting considerably more into Photography ever since I’ve been curating this site with images. For Christmas last year I bought myself a 12-24mm Sigma lens and I’m finding myself really drawn to the kind of images it produces with my Canon 5D mkII. There’s something about that wide angle that feels like a natural perspective and yet it’s also “unnatural” – hard to explain but I find it great for capturing space.
And ever since I discovered how to get rid of the wide angle lens distortion using Lightroom – well that just makes everything even better. Here are a few of my favorite pics from the shoot:
I’m not a big fan of wide angle photography, but I have to admit;
that’s a fabulous shot (I think the radial composition of the drums really compliments the angular distortion)!
That and the lighting/framing works extremely well with the natural vignetting of the lens.
It wasn’t necessarily natural vignetting – post processing helped
What’s interesting about this wide lens is how you have to find the exact spot to find the right composition. Distance is a dangerous thing if you don’t treat it with respect as wide angles can really exaggerated distances – certainly not a lens for the timid photog who wants to stand 15 feet away from the subject. Also on the extreme wide range, composition is extremely important as the lens greatly exaggerates edges. Lightroom/Photoshop can help alleviate that problem though which adds a whole new dimension to what you can do with this lens.
But what I find fascinating about these wide angles is they let me capture the field of view that I have with my own two eyes from the distance I would normally see, but then compress it all into an image that is obviously smaller than my field of view. That shot with the drummer picking out his sticks – I was basically on top of his monitor mixer on the lower right. Like I was trying but failing to say earlier – it’s a natural view (what you would see) but compressed perhaps in an unnatural way… And for getting a feeling of “being there”… well I really enjoy working with it.
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