This past week I have been pondering a couple of questions. One is why do I prefer digital over film and why use my Canon 50mm f1.8 lens? I’ll tackle the digital question first.
It was asked on one of the Facebook pages I follow why I think digital is better than film?’ I don’t think it’s better, it’s simply different. With film you had to wait for the outcome and didn’t always know what was on that film; was it any good? was it usable? and if you didn’t work it in your own dark room and lab you were at the mercy of a third-party developer. My father had a dark room and I watched him many times manipulate his images in the darkroom element. I did some shooting with film, but never did my own developing and sometimes was not happy with what was returned to me. In the beginning of shooting digital I would take numerous photos download them and get frustrated because there were too many images to go through. Now, I tend to shoot as if I am shooting film and really think through each image before I press the shutter. I’m much happier with what I capture and processing time is cut way down because there is less of it.
The second question is why don’t I use my Canon 50mm f1.8 more often? I did use this lens a few times on my cropped sensor camera and have never used it on my full frame. I wasn’t very happy with the results as they seemed a bit soft, so I basically stopped using it. However, a couple of days ago a fellow blogger Rob Moses whom I follow (or stalk because his images are amazing and I think I follow every one of his social media sites.) had posted some incredible images using a 50mm (follow his blog here). After a few exchanges he convinced me to give it a try (thanks Rob). I only took my Canon 6d with the 50mm f1.8 attached. At first I felt hindered and kept thinking “what if I see something amazing and I need my 300mm?” After a few steps on this overcast morning I realized I was only going to take scenery and waited for the perfect spot. The water was glass-like and I was able to capture incredible reflections. I was also able to get close enough to photograph a couple of squirrels; one licking water from the branches and another eating his breakfast. Overall I think I did alright. I need to practice more before I decide to use it in a concert situation, but I liked the results, still a bit soft but with practice I think I can become quite proficient with this lens.
Experimenting definitely makes me a better photographer and I love that I will never be perfect at it, and I like that it keeps me fresh and creatively challenged. I also like that I have fellow photographers whom I’ve never met willing to give me such wonderful advice.
2 thoughts on “Pondering Questions”
Good stuff Deb! I’m so happy you got out with your 50! Very nice images indeed. Must have been fun getting on that squirrel too! haha. One tip regarding sharpness with using the 50mm wide open at f/1.8 is to use only he centre focus point on your 6D (press shutter button half way, recompose & take pic). That way the part you want in focus will be sharp and the the rest won’t.
Thank you for your kind words regarding my photography and for linking me up! Your the best ;). Keep in touch and keep using that 50!
Talk soon, Rob
I figured it out toward the end of my walk about center focus. That photo of the Beauty Berry plant was the example of center focus.
The squirrel was a riot I kept inching closer and closer then he ran up a tree which shook all the water off it from the rain. I had to laugh because he totally got me.
I have a festival in November where I get to shoot the entire event so I’m going to bring the lens with me and use it on the opening bands prior to Loverboy.
I have to say it was really different using it. But I liked the results, thank Rob!