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Playing with the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8

For my shoot this weekend, I decided to test out a “super wide” lens, so I’ve rented a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens.  It’s one I’ve looked at before, but I had never gotten to shoot with it.  Rentals are actually a great way to test out a lens you’re thinking about buying, though the flip side is that it can lead to an awful lot of temptation!

The lens arrived later this evening, after most of the light in the neighborhood was gone, but I took a couple test shots inside our ill-lit apartment and pestered my favorite test subjects: our cats River and Simon.

I am astounded at how wide this lens is, and how much light it’s able to take in.  I’m seriously impressed for right now, but I’ll be sure to post a fuller review later.  For now, witness how utterly nonplussed our cats are:

 

Though I am mostly going to use the lens to capture Fort Ticonderoga’s architectural beauty, I may also use it to take some unique portraits, or heck, just to take some super wide landscape shots!  Just to give you an idea of how wide the lens is, here’s some “selfies” taken at the fully wide 11mm length:

 

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Around the Corner

Today’s post definitely falls under my new “Home Life” category.  These two shots were taken quite literally around the corner from our apartment here in Alexandria, VA.  The shot on the left is some ornamental grass that grows next to a beautiful 1920s bungalow.  The shot on the right is Marshall, a local cat who is well-known in the neighborhood for his far-ranging explorations.  He’s quite a sweetie.

  

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Neighborhood Dog

Not all of my photography is “work” – I tend to carry my camera around with me quite a lot, including at home and in our neighborhood.  As a way to highlight some of my more personal work, I’ve started a new category on this blog, called “Home Life“.  I hope that it will give you a bit more of a photographic glimpse into my life, starting with this Great Pyrenees mix that lives in our neighborhood!