Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Christening the new toy...

So the 10-22 EFS arrived just before I went to Gozo - the original idea was to give it a workout while I was there but a number of factors meant that I didn't take it - mainly the fact that I'm suffering pretty heavily from burnout at work and had to give myself the mission of having an actual sit-on-the-beach-and-do-nothing holiday before a doctor forced it on me... anyway, fast forward to today, and I've finally been out to see what the beastie can do, at Tupholme Abbey near Lincoln.

There isn't anything I can say technically that hasn't already been written about this lens, and it really is as impressive as the reviews suggest. What I found interesting was the feeling that this is a lens that really sorts the wheat from the chaff - every shot takes a lot more work, compared to a lens with more conventional focal lengths, when it comes to thinking about depth of field and composition simply because there's so much of the scene to compose. It's easy to fall into the trap of getting crazy perspective without thinking about the whole picture and the basics of composition. To analogise the situation, it's like a normal lens is a pretty fast hot hatch, but the wide angle is a bit like a British sports car - the scenery doesn't come towards you all that quickly but once you learn the right techniques you can REALLY make some progress.

I'm not convinced that I can drive the 10-22 all that well yet but I'm pleased with the results for the first time out. Here's a quick edit:

Bizarre fact of the week: The Beach Boys and Status Quo once played here. Seriously.
This is actually an HDR edit. The composition however is intact from the camera, apart from a slight crop to reduce the headroom, so the actual scene is representative of the 10mm end of the lens' range. One problem with old buildings is that what may appear to be a slight case of converging verticals could just be a wonky building - which I suspect is the case here. On the upside, I love how the wide angle makes the sky so dynamic - the sense of movement lifts the image and gives a real sense of space.

In short I love the results and it suits my style and approach to photography. This is one new toy that definitely won't be sailing out of the pram.