Tonight I decided to play around with this Canon EF 50mm 1.8 prime lens Im borrowing, and so far I find it a bit quirky. I think it may be just this lens, because I’ve heard some excellent reviews and heard of some amazing results, but every time I try shooting with it, it is extremely inconsistent (which was the same complaint the owner of the lens had as well). The exposure levels are all over the board, I could be shooting the exact same scene, same settings and all and it will be a stop or more under-exposed versus the last shot. Its almost like its self bracketing. So far I would almost just assume shoot with my 18-55 and not have to deal with the hassel. But then again all of this could just be my lack of experience with it, and I do plan on taking it out more to see if I can get it figured out. Its a good lens and it has its purpose, and I do love the fact that it makes you think about your shots more, but sometimes I just think this particular one is a bit quirky haha.
For all those who follow my posts, I am feeling better. I took enough vitamin C today to overthrow even a Godzilla sized virus trying to take over my system. So to celebrate we went down to the local pool hall and pub for a few games. I had brought with me a specialized lens cover I made today to get a interesting bokeh light effect, being the parking lot has a good amount of lights. But with the 50mm giving me issues I tossed the idea and started shooting Michelle (which only a photographer could say without getting the cops called on them hahaha). It was a bitter body paralyzing cold so we only shot for a couple brief minutes, but I still came away with some enjoyable photo’s.
I was drawn towards this photo in particular because of the expression of deep thought on her face. Its the zoned in look day dreamers get when they are completely enthralled by their inner thoughts. Also being a graphic designer I love the slanted line the lights in the background create, drawing the focus towards the center of the photo. Its that extra bit of contrast that adds a tad extra interest and a slight tension to the scene. The black and white breaks the scene down to a simple form, allowing you to get straight to the wonders of her captivating thought.