Nifty Fifty? An Exercise in Creativity.

The last week I have been challenging myself to produce a set of images, one for each day of the week, taken with nothing more exotic than a 50mm Prime lens. Back in the old days this used to be the standard lens that shipped with a camera, it is what we learned on… and it was a focal length that I always hated! It provides a view broadly reflecting what the eye sees and, as a result, the photographs just always seemed a bit… ordinary!

So this is a revisit, and it has been wonderful! I have enjoyed the challenge and come out of it with a new respect for this little, light and handy optic. Mine happens to be the slightly more exotic f1.4 version rather than an f1.8… the latter is often considered better, but the f1.4 gives a really nice feel to some photographs that I have really grown to love.

So… give it a try! If you are on a crop sensor then try a 35mm f1.8, and if you are on a micro4/3 give a 25mm f1.8 a go.

The weather has been against me this week, but here are my efforts for each day of this last week.

Monday - a panoramic composition from Birker Fell

Monday - a panoramic composition from Birker Fell

Tuesday:  The Causeway across the lower Rusland Valley

Tuesday: The Causeway across the lower Rusland Valley

Wednesday:  Lowick Common out towards the Furness Fells

Wednesday: Lowick Common out towards the Furness Fells

Thursday:  The Lyth Valley - a little autumn colour coming on.

Thursday: The Lyth Valley - a little autumn colour coming on.

Friday:  Sheep in the rain, Spark Bridge

Friday: Sheep in the rain, Spark Bridge

Saturday:  Above the Crake Valley

Saturday: Above the Crake Valley

Sunday:  The Crake Valley from Lowick Green

Sunday: The Crake Valley from Lowick Green