Wide angle love

Last weekend I went to a photo fair. I saw a lot of great photographes. I hadn’t really planned to buy anything; just look. But when you see all the equipment you instantly get in a shopping mood. And since I had got a raise a few days earlier, I felt I could spend some money. First I thought about buying a photo-printer. Canon had a huge stand and they had lots of printers. I decided which one to buy and went to FotoVideo to pay for it. While standing in line I looked in the fair-magazine. They had wide angle lenses on sale! 10% off.

A colleague of mine talked to me about lenses last week, when we were out drinking beer, and he suggested that a wide angle should be my next lens. When it was my turn I quickly changed my mind, pointed at the Sigma 10-20 mm lens F4,0-5,6 and said I want that. He went to find it, but came back with no lens. They were sold out at the moment. A new shipment would arrive 1,5 hrs later. I hadn’t time to wait that long. Luckily I could buy it online for the same price until Sunday night. So that’s what I did. Later that evening I went online and bought it. On monday I  picked it up! YAY!

I have only tested it a few times. The sun/light is absent when I come home from work, so it’s not easy to use it. I tested it one morning on my way to work and I’ve tested it by shooting my living-room. Tonight I took out my tripod, put on my jacket and hat, went out on the balcony and tested it for some night shots of Oslo. I had an idea of taking photos in focus and out of focus.

This is what I ended up with:

To bokeh or not to bokeh? I say a little bit of both!

Part one of the diptych.

Part two of the diptych.

So this is my view from the balcony. It’s pretty in daylight, but also pretty when it’s dark outside too.

A bit darker. Lots of bokeh-love!

I have plans to use this lens a lot more in the coming weeks. This weekend I’m visiting a friend in a city two hours away. Probably won’t be able to use it so much when I’m there, but on my way home on sunday I’ll try to take some  photos from the bus. Next weekend I might spend a day in my hometown Lierfoss and if so, I’ll definitely will take it with me on a walk. And the first weekend in Februar I might go on a photowalk with my friend Ellen. So hopefully there will be lots of new photos up on flickr or my blog where my wide angle lens is used.

I think the next thing on my wishlist is a tele-lens. Like a 200 or 300 mm lense. Or wait… what’s really next on my wishlist is a Polaroid camera. But they’re not easy to find. I could by one online (ebay etc), but I’m a bit skeptic; there is a chance you’ll get ripped off. But I guess, if the seller got good reviews the chances are slim.

Well, before all these new camera/lens wishes, I think I’ll end up buying a photoprinter. I really need one of those. But I have no idea what I want. Should it include a scanner? Does it have to be 5 seperate ink-cartrigde? I’ve heard that’s the best. I should go talk to someone who’s a pro.

Right now, I’m going to go talk to my bed! No wait… I have to talk to Flickr first… What else is new?

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