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Getting Back to 50 mm

Published August 8th, 2011

I made a new old friend over the weekend. My 50 mm 1.4 Canon lens. I have gotten so caught up in using wide angel and telephoto that I did not feel comfortable with my 50 mm over the last year or so. If felt too confining. And I pride myself on being creative! So, I put the 50 mm on my camera body and went out to shoot. I took no other camera body or lens along so I wouldn't be tempted to not use the 50. It was a great exercise. I quickly got my confidence back with the lens and I am loving learning to shoot with it again. In some cases I had to make a compromise, others worked out better than I thought. The fast lens was a challenge to get used to also. I further made it complicated by forcing myself to use some very fast shutter speeds, 1/1000 to 1/4000. That was fun. I still need more time with the 50 mm and I am not done playing. This is fun.

It is much like going back to an old photo spot to see what has changed and finding new angles, or something you never saw before. It is another way to bring back the thrill of photography we have when we find a new subject that is exciting. Instead, this inspiration was right there in my photo bag!

Get out and shoot!



Here is one of my first 50 mm subjects.

  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/2.8 / 1/1000 sec

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