Blue window

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.


11 thoughts on “Blue window

  1. Wow, this is stunning Dave! Just in fair warning, I’ll be commissioning some of your incredible color studies when I move back in to my house and can fill the walls with beautiful things again 🙂

    • Hey Anna. Thanks for taking the time to comment today. You are welcome to any an all images that you’d like. I’d be more than willing to send along high-resolution files that you can print in all sorts of fancy ways on sites like Shutterfly (that’s the place I had your Mom’s picture printed at). Your comments are great for my ego. Keep ’em coming. D

  2. I am so jealous, I want that lens. I think you will learn how to use it with experience, like all photography, you just have to get out there and do it and see what the results are and learn from them. I am expecting to see some great things with my lens. LOL

  3. It appears you have already mastered the lens. It is an architectural and aesthetic delight.

  4. I love the color-game – is it cobalt? Is it aqua? You have to look twice to learn the color of the “blue” window – creatively presented, neat story. Happy Christmas – what a great present!

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