Saturday, October 08, 2005

Goin' full wide

I finally got the 0.42x wide angle attachment lens I bought off eBay in early September. It's just a cheap little job and it blurs the edges, but I'm getting some really nice wide shots with it. I thought I'd go to one of the parks in town and put it through its paces...


Coyotes again?


Heading into the park






Lens flare


The plateau


Standing over the drop


Easing down the hill


Looking back up the hill




Tributary of the West Don


Bold berries, blurry background


Rest stop tag


Murder and muder


Oooooookaaaaaayyyyy...


Nudie girl dime bag (well, that explains the previous mural, I guess)


Enough nature, off to the mall

5 comments:

katherine said...

What I want to know ... is did you stay on the paved pathways? ; )

katherine said...
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katherine said...

Well, it seems I posted that between the time you had the one photo of the sign up ... and the rest of the blog. Sorry.

As you can tell, I edited my comments here ... combining, deleting some.

The photos all look really good with the new wide angle. : ) The one with the lens flare seems dream-like. Like, "Hmmm, I wonder where this path goes?" It's one of those you can fall into and wander around in your imagination. : ) I also really like the shot of the berries. Something about it ... it's nice.

Lone Primate said...

What I want to know ... is did you stay on the paved pathways? ; )

You won't believe this, but I noticed that on the sign once I got home and looked at the pictures. :) No, obviously I didn't... I went down that very slippery clay slope, for one thing. But there were humans all around, crashing, making noise... not a likely daytime hangout for a coyote no matter how bold.

The one with the lens flare seems dream-like. Like, "Hmmm, I wonder where this path goes?" It's one of those you can fall into and wander around in your imagination. : )

It's funny that you mention that one. There are about four takes of that shot, and that's the third. This lens really exaggerates lens flare. The first two, you can barely make out what's being looked at. The fourth eliminates the flare, but... somehow, something's lost. It became ordinary. I think we both keyed in on that something mystic about what is, technically, nothing more than an effect of optics. But we're so much more than that, hmm? :)

I also really like the shot of the berries. Something about it ... it's nice.

I feel the same... no surprise, though; I obviously put it in the blog for some reason, right? :) But I took about a dozen shots like that, and there's just something about that one. Ordinarily the shots where the inside of the lens assembly appears bother me, and I try not to let them show. But something about the way it frames this shot in particular really works, somehow. It's not a bad attachment lens to have for $70. I'm sure the four-figure lens do much better work, but for less than a hundred, I'm sure not complaining.

Thanks for the kind words. :)

katherine said...

It's funny that you mention that one. There are about four takes of that shot, and that's the third. This lens really exaggerates lens flare. The first two, you can barely make out what's being looked at. The fourth eliminates the flare, but... somehow, something's lost. It became ordinary.

This happen oh so often in my line of work. Not necessarily the lens flare, but the having several shots of one subject and one of them just somehow works above and beyond what the other frames can offer. Actually, I love it when I'm editing and one photo stands out above the rest. Such a good feeling. : )


I think we both keyed in on that something mystic about what is, technically, nothing more than an effect of optics. But we're so much more than that, hmm? :)

Yes, and knowing someone else in the world that sees it too makes me feel better. : )


It's not a bad attachment lens to have for $70. I'm sure the four-figure lens do much better work, but for less than a hundred, I'm sure not complaining.

It's going to be so much fun! Cost isn't even a factor. ; )