Day +227: Going Wide

The Canon 16-35/2.8L ii lens represents the widest wide-angle lens I’ve ever owned, the previous being the short end of my 24-105. I’m sure that this is going to be a great lens for landscapes (I consider Disneyland a “landscape” too :-)). 16mm is wide, given that I shoot with full-frame cameras. Most people own “crop”, or ASP-C sensor cameras (we’re talking DSLRs here), meaning that you have to multiply the focal length by 1.6x, meaning that using this lens on such a camera would give the equivalent of 26-56mm, which is obviously nowhere near as wide.

I haven’t played with this lens much yet, but here are a couple of samples:





2015 is drawing to a close, and Christmas will soon be amongst us. December is the time where people getting a little short-tempered (after all, it’s been a long, trying year), the malls are packed, and there is NO parking. Christmas shopping is a frenzy of “let’s just get whatever and get the h*** out of here!”), because it’s all about the gift, isn’t it?

This weekend, we finally set up the Christmas tree (a new one we bought this year). We’ve accumulated a LOT of decorations over the years, so we get to rotate them each holiday season:

At this time, we want to take wonderful pictures of our tree, with all the said decorations, tinsel, and lights. Here’s our tree, with some mood lighting included:


What’s the secret of a great Christmas tree photograph? Lighting. This is one time when, even though the room is dark, that you should not use your flash! Capturing the ambience of the room,¬†with the sparkling lights of the tree, is hard to do on your iPhone.

This is how I took the picture above:

16-35mm lens (set at 23mm), ISO 100, aperture 7.1, with the camera mounted on a tripod. The stability is a must, because I used a long exposure (8 seconds). Could this have been done differently? Sure, but that’s what I liked. And that reminds me- photography, like everything else, is a perspective thing. I might love and image but you might hate it, and that’s OK. There’s no rule to say what is right or wrong. Technical merit is one thing, but the overall enjoyment of an image is more than that. For example, how often are flawed images of your loved ones the most treasured, purely because it captured the expression of the moment? This goes not only for casual photographers, but for professionals also. It’s all a matter of individual taste.

Have fun…