I have a confession to make. I need to get out of my comfort zone with my photography. I am so at ease with using my 70-200 f/2.8 and my 50 f/1.2 lenses that I totally don’t even break out my 17-40 f/4 lens and use it’s fun wide angle capabilities.
Lately I have been watching a lot of Sue Bryce on Creative Live in my attempt to pursue a long-term goal of photographing women in a feminine, modern way. She uses a 35 mm lens for a lot of her portraits and it inspired me to break out my wide angle lens. Now, before you start raising a ruckus about the difference in the two lenses, yes, I understand. My wide angle lens is a zoom and hers is a prime. There are a lot of other differences, but I won’t bore you with the details.
The point is, I needed to break out of my rut. So, one sunny day this past week, while I was out playing with the kids in the backyard, I thought, what a perfect opportunity to break out the 17-40 lens and see what the old girl can do. I actually had a lot of fun and I think the kids enjoyed me getting so close to them with the big camera. Typically I snap photos of them from my comfy seat on the patio with my phone. I have made more of an effort lately to break out the “big” camera and take pictures of them with it.
While I wouldn’t use this particular lens for an entire photo shoot with children or a family by itself, it was fun to get some different angles and explore the possibilities of the lens.
I look forward to the day when I can upgrade this lens with the 35 mm prime lens and really have some fun! Until then, I will settle with my wide angle zoom lens. Here are my favorites from our little impromptu photo shoot in the backyard with the kids.