Saturday, February 19, 2011

50 images with a 50mm on day 50

Canon 50mm F/1.4 lens
I heard about this challenge a couple years ago, but this is the first time I've been able to participate -- perhaps because it finally fell on a weekend.  The challenge is simple: capture 50 unique images with a 50mm lens on the 50th day of the year -- 19 Feb.  What is unique about a 50mm?  The "nifty 50," as it is often called, is known as a "normal" lens.  "Normal" because it is approximately the same field of view as what the human eye sees.  Longer focal lengths (telephotos) zoom in more than the average human eye and shorter focal lengths (wide angle) see more to the side than we do.  Since 50mm prime lenses are very common, they are also relatively inexpensive (hence the "nifty" name), making them a prime candidate for a beginning photographer to add to their camera bag.


Here are a few of the images I captured this year.  You can see more after the jump and even more on my flickr page.  I'll end with the image below of daffodils just starting to break through the ground.  It's not my best image, but it's my favorite of the day as it means the warm weather and the colors of spring are quickly approaching.

Spring is near!
More images after the jump and on my flickr page.