Wide Angle Lenses (Three Photographs)
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Once I figured them out, wide-angle lenses became a favorite of mine. At first it was the telephoto lenses that got me going, it was easy to cut a piece out of the world around me and make a photograph plus I had no worries about odd distortions. Wide-angles lenses, from 35mm down need special attention to some details. The horizon will bend if it’s not in the center of the lens for example, and you need to be more aware of what is on the edges of the frame. Kit lenses in the 18-55mm range at 18mm are fun to use. Wide-angle lenses tend to focus much closer than telephoto lenses so you can get right up to your subject. I was on a walk and one of the participants was talking about how he wanted a macro lens, I noticed he had a wide-angle prime, so I asked to see it and sure enough I could get within a few inches of a subject and get a sharp close-up image. The photographs here were taken with the 10.5mm Nikon DX lens, almost a fish eye lens. It’s the kind of lens where you need to watch that your feet do not find their way into the frame, but a lens that transforms what you see. It’s not a lens people use much, which is why I have often seen it for sale, second–hand, I bought mine second-hand. These are old photographs never published before.