Tilt It, Shift It

I’ve been jonesing for a tilt-shift lens for a while now, but their price tag kept me away. The more I read about them the more I decided I wanted one. Did you realize that in the early days of photography with the large view cameras getting your focal plane correct was as important as exposure? Yep, it wasn’t until cheaper/easier to use cameras became popular that the focal plane was fixed parallel with the film. As their popularity took off people became accustomed to seeing photos a particular way and that was that. Once I found out that the tilt shift lens would let me get just that little bit closer to the way the famed Ansel Adams took pictures i was sold. Anyways, how’s that phrase go? If I never asked, I never would have gotten any? …I dunno, an old boss used to say it. Anyways, I put a tilt shift lens on my Xmas list, on the off chance that my parents would spring for it… well they did, and I’ve got me a shiny new 24mm Tilt Shift lens, boom chow.

Anyhow, enough jibber jabber; take a look at some of my first shots with it. Keep in mind these are all test shots, I’m just playing around learning what does what. Most of these shots below are with the “tilt” adjustments to the max, just for fun. A couple show off the shift function. Read the comments to find out whats going on in each photo.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 8:18 pm in category blog

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