Ever wonder about projects or exercises where a photographer confines him/herself to a set space? Or how about using just one piece of equipment? Honestly, I’ve never had much interest in doing such a thing until recently. Shooting the trees (see previous blog entry) got me thinking about trying new things.
Two weekends ago, on a sunny Sunday at home, I challenged myself to such a project: shoot in the backyard with just one lens.
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Like the trees mini-project, I was pleasantly surprised by the effects of this exercise. The photos aren’t really the greatest, but I wanted to share them just to illustrate what I did.
A good photo-buddy of mine once said that he’d be hard-pressed to produce compelling images from the backyard, and I agreed with him. But I have to say that once I got into the spirit of this exercise, I began to see photos everywhere.
Using one focal length was an additional challenge. However, it made me realize that I could use that one lens to it’s full potential and that was a valuable learning experience. This particular lens (Canon 24mm f/1.4 Mark 2) has a very large maximum aperture and a small minimum focusing distance (it’s not real macro, but it can focus very close to things) as compared to the lenses I’m used to using.