This evening, I received a very exciting package. I realised a long time ago that in order to hone my skill as a photographer, I would have to shoot with something a little more sophisticated than a kit lens. I had heard great things about various lenses but the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II seemed to have an overwhemingly high number of rave reviews. It is also a lot smaller and lighter than my 18 - 55mm lens which should make lugging my camera around considerably easier.
What swayed me in the end, however, were the photographs on two of my favourite blogs - Still Plus Life and Currystrumpet. Vibrant colour, crisp detail and bokeh so glorious it elicits sighs of delight jump out at you from the screen. In the few minutes it takes you to read their posts, you are transported to far-flung places - so evocative are the images before you. As soon as I discovered their "secret", I knew that I simply had to have it!
/Image: Still Plus Life/
Having said that, I am not naive enough to think that a new lens is all that I need to get dramatically improved results. I know that I still have a lot to learn and that constant practice is the only way to get better acquainted with my camera.
With the sun already beginning to set, I decided there was no time like the present and took a few quick shots with each lens to compare.
Canon EF-S 18 - 55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens
Each photograph was taken on exactly the same settings, shot in manual and, of course, left unedited. I didn't need to get as close to my subject using the 50mm as I had with my old lens and this opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
In other photography news, part of my homework was posted on the Nicole's Classes blog on Friday. I feel incredibly flattered but disappointed that it was the only homework I was able to do on the course. I learned so much so quickly and I cannot wait to put it all into practice as I experiment with my new toy.
Thank you for a wonderful four weeks, Nicole!