This past Thursday my new lens came in...it's a 50mm f/1.8. I've read of so many photographers who have a similar lens, and how much they love it, and finally I couldn't take it anymore. Now, first let me say, I love my zoom (75-300mm). I use it all the time, because it lets me put some distance between the scary camera and nervous little kiddos, and I have so many options, near and far. I feel less invasive in family space. Plus, I'm just plain comfortable with it.
That being said, I now know why others love a 50. I can take much closer shots with greater depth-of-field that help blur out the messy background - or create beautifully blended backdrops....and in not-so-ideal lighting conditions (I did that with my zoom, I just had to be so far away!). And WOW are the pictures crisp. Today has been the first day that I could really spend playing with the Nifty Fifty, and as you might expect, the dogs were my subjects. Tomorrow I'm taking pictures of real people :). Thank goodness they're my friends, because I need time to work with both lenses, to see if I will develop a new favorite! So although I usually reserve the dog pictures for the Dog Page, they've been upgraded to the main page today...
|Lighting in my house is terrible - this picture would not have been possible with my other lenses.|
|New favorite of this guy....|
|Again, an indoor shot that my other lenses just didn't allow enough light for...this is where they sit and wait for someone to come in the door :)|
And this was my submission for Week 4 of Paint the Moon's Project 52...the theme was "unexpected perspective" and while plenty of people take pictures from above their dogs, I usually don't. So today I teetered on a stool to get those shots of the dogs looking up, and here's my favorite of one of my girls: