W I D E
Nikon D70 @ 10mm, 1/4 sec, f/4, ISO 200
The more observant members of the audience out there may have noticed something new about the site. Yes, that little number 10 representing the focal length in the exif data! I got myself a new Sigma 10-20mm F4.0-5.6 EX DC HSM lens on Saturday. I've been meaning to treat myself for a while, and thought that this lens was too much of a bargain to miss.
My first reaction was probably the most obvious - it is W I D E!
At 10mm it's ridiculously wide. I really got this lens for my landscape shots when 18mm on my kit lens isn't quite wide enough. When used as wide as it can go for shots like this one, it almost becomes a novely lens (I think), but I don't mean that in a bad way. I've hardly had a chance to use it, but I'm already thinking of a lot of new shots that simply wouldn't have been available to me beforehand.
This shot was taken before we went to the Scotland rugby match today. I have to confess that I'm not a huge rugby fan, but what a match to go to for my first time at Murrayfield. The atmosphere was superb and I still can't quite believe that we managed to beat the French. We had seats right next to where the majority of the action was, so we couldn't have asked for anything more.
As for the shots itself... shot as wide as possible, and wide open. I'm amazed at how close the lens can focus, as the pint was no more than a foot away. Managed to get good DOF at this distance, but added a touch of radial blur around the edges.
Hopefully this is the first of many shots taken with this lens that I'll be posting here.