Our holiday celebrations included a gift exchange in which I made out like the proverbial bandit … I was delighted and very much surprised to receive a new lens (14-24 mm/f 2.8) for the D600. The trip to the Nippenose Valley that I described the other day was its inaugural foray. Unlike most other lenses, this one has a massive, convex, expanse of glass out front such that clear filters cannot be used for protection. As you may have guessed, I was terrified to take it out of the house. Although this type of lens can allow for all sorts of creative possibilities the super-wide has an arduous learning curve … and I am at the bottom looking up. I remember when Joanna was teaching me how to drive a standard transmission and the way in which she described the function and use of the clutch. I don’t know how many times I stalled that Volkswagen before I managed to get it to move slowly forward. I seem to be encountering the same difficulty, though in a slightly different manifestation, with this new lens. Difficulties with perspective and the problem of converging verticals are apparent. To be able to harness the creative potential of this new glass is going to take time. Below is the first posted image taken with the new lens. I hope you like it.