Posted: February 16, 2013 in Barns, Photography, Red, Snowstorms, Trees, White, Winter, Wisconsin

So…about 2 weeks ago, I walked out of the doctor’s office with a verdict of Perfectly Healthy (there had been some concerns about that) and my very first thought was “I’m buying the lens.”

Actually, that was my second thought. My first was “Why did it take 9 days from my initial visit to get me in for a test?” By the time Day #7 rolled around, I had been choosing the tunes for my memorial service.

My new toy is a Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6, an ultra wide angle lens.  I fully understand that there is a learning curve involved with a lens like this (it’s pretty darned easy to take pictures of your feet,)  but I am a-quiver with joy and eager to learn. 

These two pictures were shot in the field behind my house. They are not exciting Art, but they do illustrate just how much can be packed into a shot at 8mm while still retaining excellent details and little or no distortion. Once again, you really need to click on the pictures to appreciate the larger view.



That’s my neighbors’ estate just visible through the trees. I don’t know them and they mostly live elsewhere but I am always grateful for their red buildings that provide the perfect pop! for winter pictures. Thanks, guys!

  1. Karen Taylor says:

    Wow! Love this. These pictures are very nice. You are going to get fantastic shots.

  2. So jealous! The pictures look great.

  3. David says:

    Cheers to “Perfectly Healthy”!

  4. happyskips says:

    Love the shots!! Let me know how the lens works out. I’ve been thinking about getting a wide angle.

    • Thank you, Happy. This is turning out to be more of a challenge than I thought–I tried it in a variety of situations this weekend with mixed results. But I know that if I can tame it, I am going to love it! I’ll keep posting results as I go.

  5. Congratulations on the well-deserved new lens, and I’m so glad you’re okay! Now, get out there and enjoy snapping new pictures. We’ll all enjoy seeing the results of your new investment!

    • Thanks, Amiable…I find it really hard to indulge myself on something like this, so it took me months to pull the trigger. And it’s funny, but that was my immediate reaction: what am I waiting for? I expect you are readjusting some of your views in the same way.

  6. Certain things are worth celebrating.
    (Those shots bring out the young explorer in me.)

    • Thank you, Warren. You go, Young Explorer! (Really…the camera gives me a wonderful license to go wandering around in fields and woods…or under bridges or in alleys…without looking lost or slightly confused…usually.)

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