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October 03, 2011

Photography in My Eye: Part 1: Glass

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Photography, to me, is a means in which I can alter the way I remember things. I can see things a certain way with my eyes and thus my memories are formed but my eyes always see things the same way. If I change the lens of a camera and take a picture, or edit that picture in a certain way, then we can really alter our memories of reality. A day that you saw in one way will look different in your mind when you look at the photos you have taken as the camera saw something different than you. Not better, not worse, but the camera can make subjects pop, it can blur out buildings, it can zoom across a field.

So I want to start a blog series explaining how I use photography to remember things and what it means to me as I go around the country and also how it can help you change your world.

With each of these lenses, the first set of number reference the aperture of the lens while the second set of numbers is the zoom of the lens. We will get into the specifics of zoom and aperture in another blog post, but for now, we can see some photographic evidence of how each of these numbers react to one another and how each of different types of glass shape how a picture can be taken.

The first is the Sony Wide 4.5-5.6/11-18, the “wide-angle lens.” If you notice for this picture, there is a bit of curving on the picture on the outside-edge. What I did was open the aperture all of the way and zoom out as much as I could. We use this lens very frequently on the bus as we can get in close to get wide shots of the situations we find out selves in.

Second is the Sony 3.5-6.3/18-250, the “zoom lens.” While the most the wide angle lens could zoom in was listed as 18mm, the most that this lens can do is 250mm. What this gets you is a strong ability to see zoom in on things further away. For concert photography when you are not in the photo-pit, this lens helps us get solid picture from far away.

Third, we have the popular Sony 2.8/16, the “fisheye lens.” This lens functions similar to the wide-angel lens in allowing us to get wide shots while we stand close to the subject, but takes it a step-further by embracing the image distortion. See how the lines of the horizon get pulled a bit and the clouds bend? The joy of embracing image distortion!

Fourth is the ultra-clean Sony 2.8/100, the “macro lens.” Like the fisheye, the macro cannot zoom in from the set focal length so the strength of this glass is based around the ability to take pictures in a unique way. With the macro, we can get close shots of small objects that then appear larger than they did in reality. Tight, close nature shots are always a powerful part of this lens.

Last is an exciting and unique lens, the Sony 135 STF lens. STF stands for “Smooth Trans Focus” and I’ll write a blog getting into the capabilities of this lens but for now, we will just get into the basics. To quickly sum up the lens, it can pull of really amazing bokeh shots. See how the blur of the object in the foreground and the background and soft are providing a nice framing for the rock-pile that is in focus? Bokeh, okay! Again, we will get into this lens later on with a blog post based just around it.


That was a lot of information, I know, I know. But for now, take that in and think about the fact that just by changing the lens on the camera, you can alter the way your pictures are taken and the way reality is perceived by you for the moments you are holding the camera. I’ll follow this up with some more information about photography in a bit but in the meantime, if you have any questions about these lenses or anything photography related, leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll write up another blog post answering your question.

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