The 50mm lens is a very important tool in the cameraman's arsenal. This len has been promoted and endorsed by some of the finest photographers ever to practice this craft – from Henri Cartier Bresson to Bryan Peterson. What amazes me, is that this is the only lens Henri Cartier Bresson used throughout his entire career with his trusted Leica 35mm.
For 2015, I decided to start a new project, which would feature photographs taken exclusively with this iconic lens. It is been well documented that this lens forces the photographer to fight for his shots, to zoom with his feet and to continually change perspective in order to create the perfect photograph.
Bryan Peterson, in his wonderful book "Understanding Composition" mentions the importance elf learning the language of how your Lens sees. This means developing with the field of view that is unique to the 50mm Lens and then exploiting this knowledge with any given scene. This is a wonderful practice and as I have discovered, it is improving how I see the world around me, following Bryan's advice.
What I have learned so far using this lens on my D90 is that I like my images to come out of the camera exactly as I see the shot with my eye, that's just for starters. I also notice that using the D90 on the basic standard camera settings in Picture Control, the colour reproduction tends to be a little flat. I like my images to “POP” with vibrant and vivid colour, exactly as I see it.
As shoot in Raw mode, I don't want to spend too much time at the computer post processing, so I discovered a neat little trick – depending on the meter reading I have discovered that by under exposing my images by a 1/3 stop, sometimes a full stop even, my images have been coming out of the camera exactly as I intended, with vibrant, vivid colours which I am very happy with.
The camera's built-in meter is very effective, however, I don't always take it at face value. This technique of under exposing, in raw mode, allows me the flexibility to achieve the shot exactly as I see it and in post processing in Lightroom 5, I can make some minute adjustments without altering the visual integrity of my image.
This I believe is the supporting me in becoming a much more competent photographer and also really learning and mastering the Exposure Triangle –IOS, Aperture and Shutter Speed.
The images below represent a small aspect of my 50 mm journey so far. I will be adding to this gallery and blog as I go along, for now I hope you enjoy my vision through the magic of my 50mm lens 1.8
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015