Monday, October 22, 2012

NYC + 50mm

My partner Jen and I recently spent a week in New York City. It was her birthday gift to me earlier this year. Although we have only been there once before it is one of our favourite places. There is just so much to see and the city has an amazing energy.

Whenever we travel we try to pack a light as possible, it just seems to make everything about travel that much easier. The same thing applies to my photography kit - pack as light as possible. My “normal” kit usually includes two lenses and those two lenses are typically my 70-200mm f/2.8L and my 24-105mm f/4.0L. They make a great team, handling most every situation with ease. For this trip though I wanted to pack even lighter so I brought only one lens, my 50mm f/1.4. For the price this lens can't be beat. It's sharp, it's fast, it's light and inconspicuous. The downside is you're stuck with one focal length and that means you zoom with your feet and you are forced to be more creative with your shots.

Sticking to just one lens is exactly what I needed. I wanted to force myself to think more, to be more creative and to break away from my typical shots. There were times that I really regretted not having another lens *cough* space shuttle *cough* but the objective was to be forced out of my comfort zone and look for more creative captures and this was just the ticket.

Keep shooting.

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