New lens

I got a new lens recently. It would never have crossed my mind except an assistant suggested it one day. I’m not one of those photographers who’s into equipment but making life easier and having more options when it comes to creating images are things high on my list.

In 35mm architectural photography tilt/ shift or perspective correction lenses are everything. A TS or PC lens splits by means of a gear which enables the photographer to get more sky or more ground without moving the camera off level. Pointing the camera up or down distorts the perspective. In the days of 4×5 cameras and film, the camera itself did the shifting. I had four PC lenses but not the widest, a 17mm, because I didn’t think it would be particularly useful since I assumed there’d be too much distortion. Not so. All these examples are at San Diego State University. The first was shot with a 24mm TS lens which wasn’t really wide enough for the job. The following three images show how I shot three vertical images, without moving the camera, and combined them for the image. Five and six show how I was shooting a building, again too big for the lens, by shifting up and down before I got the new lens. I realized that the shape of the image was not going to work because it needed to be wider and this building was too tall to shoot vertically like I had the previous example. After I got the wider lens I shot the seventh image with a single frame and achieved the correct shape at the same time. I scouted the building in shot #8 with a 24mm lens but I couldn’t get any closer to minimize the handrail. In addition, there wasn’t enough space around the building. It needs the space because its being on the edge of the canyon gives it a feeling that only that space can recreate. The last image is the one I made with the wider lens. Even though I cropped the final image just a touch this image is able to convey more completely the design of the building.