“In photography and cinematography, a wide angle lens refers to a lens whose focal length is substantially smaller than the focal length of a normal lens for a given film plane. This type of lens allows more of the scene to be included in the photograph, which is useful in architectural, interior and landscape photography where the photographer may not be able to move farther from the scene to photograph it.” -Wikipedia
As this lens continues to challenge and defy my conventional thoughts and notions of perspective, as I have blogged here earlier, it is also fun to try to get up closer to objects, and take things around the main object in as well. This little courtyard at Fitchburg State allowed me to get in close to the tree on the right, while including the bench, tree, and other objects around it. It also made them look quite far away, when in fact, they were not at all, giving smaller scenes a much grandeur scale.
Vignetting with a wide angle? I used a 50mm rubber hood on the 28mm, providing a hard vignette. This shot is of the university’s crest, as shown in a hall window. Perseverantia- persevere, from Fitchburg State’s motto. Popular with the Lomography crowd, vignetting is something I’ve never tried until now. Very cool, could be great with portraits as well.
This scene is under the university’s dining hall. Students can walk under it enroute to classes, and cars drive under it, as it forms a tunnel over the street. A wide seems to do it justice, as it is a very cool visual contrast. That is construction of the new science building taking place on the other side.
NOTE- The vertical band on the right hand side here represents some cause for concern. It has been showing up since receiving the F3 back from cleaning and LCD replacement. There is either an issue with shutter bump, and the braking system designed to alleviate it, or the shutter itself. I have sent samples to Nikon USA for review. From what I have seen online for repair pricing, not the end of the world by any means.