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Different Angles on a Bluestone

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When I got my new camera a few months ago, I think many of you will remember how much fun I was having with the 14-24mm lens on the full framed Nikon D800.  I have shown you some of the photos that I took of the bluestone building that belongs to Deaf Children Australia.  It is fantastic to have a building like this to go to and take photos of anytime I like really.

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One of the things that is fantastic about that lens is that it allows you to get angles that wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.  Though not with the photo above, this is a fairly standard image.  I have played with it some.  Trying to make the image look like it was older, or maybe just playing.

They want me to tell you about a DVD that they have produced, it is called “Behind the Bluestone” and is full of footage from the school and stories by people who went there.  It is very inexpensive at $15 and a great way to support Deaf Children Australia.  If you are interested in purchasing it then you should go to this link, click here.

I believe more restoration work will beginning soon, so it will be good to see more happening there. Don’t forget you can also donate money to Deaf Children Australia and there is a donate button on their website.

I am going to put in a small gallery with some other images, one of them is a tree, but if you look carefully you can see the children at the school have hung hands in the tree.  You can also see some of the angles I was talking about.  I also love how much of a room you can fit into an image with the lens, the room being what was the girls dormitory now the boardroom.

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  1. Oh, how much I like the new LCP notification! I really like the staircase, probably because most of my dreams are about ascending or falling down an endless set of stairs (where’s Freud when you need him?). Right now I’m fighting with the urge to spend my savings on my first slr, nothing too complicated or expensive, of course. But I would just love to learn something new, or just be in control of more aspects of a photo. Uhm, Dear Mrs. Cole, if I’m broke by Monday, it’s Your fault :)

    January 31, 2014
    • Thank you, that is always nice to hear. Wow, those dreams sounds like nightmares, exactly where is he! You can get good deals on DSLRs, I certainly don’t want to be the cause of you being broke ;), though if you can afford to get one, I would recommend it, as long as you are prepared to learn exactly how to use it, so many people have them and never take them off auto, they never realise the full potential of the camera. I am happy to make some recommendations when you really want to do it. :)

      January 31, 2014
      • I agree, auto may be good at first, but… Right now I’m just reading and learning the theory, and changing settings in my old camera, just to see the result, but my options are limited (I can’t set exposure time manually, ugh). And I’m the kind of a guy who likes to be his own boss ;).

        And as for my dreams, well… That was one of the good ones ;)

        January 31, 2014
      • That is one of the great things about the modern DSLRs you can have them on auto or completely on manual. I tend to use Aperture priority the most, though, I will use manual at times. I also like to control the ISO and don’t like it when the camera decides what ISO I should use.
        That is scary, sounds like you are worried about something, that is the bit of Freud in me.

        January 31, 2014
  2. I know exactly what you are talking about with the wide lens – which is how I like to shoot…my “normal” lens in 35mm film shooting always was my 28mm. I like that they have kept the non-PC signage on the school – a reminder of how far we have come in treating people that need to do things a little differently from the norm. Nice shots Leanne!

    January 31, 2014
    • Thanks Robert, it is funny about the wide angle lens, I am finding more and more though that I am preferring to shoot with the 24-70mm, which is also a nice lens. I thought I would always shoot with the 14-24, but as I get used to the camera, I am starting to make better decisions about which lens to use. I hadn’t even thought about the signs like that, great observation. I like many things that they have kept there.

      January 31, 2014
  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    That is a beautiful building.

    January 31, 2014
  4. Reblogged this on The Pretty Canary.

    January 31, 2014
  5. :-)

    January 31, 2014
  6. That’s a nice shot of a long room.

    January 31, 2014
    • Thank you David, the wide angle does a great shot with these.

      January 31, 2014
  7. The angles at which these photos were taken are certainly interesting Leanne.

    January 31, 2014
  8. I rather shoot with a wide angle than any other lens. It distorts the world beautifully. Love these images too!

    January 31, 2014
    • I thought I would be like that, but sometimes things are just too far away, I am using another lens a lot more now, which surprises me. Thank you.

      January 31, 2014
  9. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    TALENT

    January 31, 2014
  10. I had rented that lens for a wedding shoot. I did like it, but it’s rather bulky. I opted for the 10-20mm sigma (cheaper, too).

    But yeah; if one can afford it, and does not mind the weight, excellent lens.

    January 31, 2014
    • I think it is all bulky, so it all works, doesn’t bother me at all.
      I have got used to the weight I have to say, thanks Disperser.

      January 31, 2014
  11. Totally awesome!

    January 31, 2014
  12. That is so beautiful!! Love what you did with the building.

    January 31, 2014
  13. Jen #

    Leanne, more good shots of the School! I especially like the large portrait orientation shot of the door and tower—plus we really catch the blue there. The one of the stair is good, too—a literal inside look, but it gives warmth to the place.

    I’m glad you enjoy your new lens so much. :) My 10-22 is much different than what I’m used to, but we are quickly becoming friends! Can’t wait until the weather settles into something springy so it’s not so painful to be out and shooting.

    January 31, 2014
    • The lens gets so much in it, I love that, though you have to be close to your subject, which is probably the thing that makes it hard. I do like it though.
      It does take some time to get used to it, but when you do, the possibilities are endless.

      January 31, 2014
  14. I still remember when I first used a 11-16 lens on a D90 few years ago, my first impression was: Wow! the world looks bigger! That’s the magic of wide lens. :)

    January 31, 2014
    • Oh yes, the magic, it is so amazing when you first use one. Thanks.

      January 31, 2014
  15. The stairs really show the capability of the lens!

    January 31, 2014
  16. What a lovely building! I like how the colours turned out at the end in the first picture – dull but timeless. This might be a question that you’ve covered elsewhere, but irregardless of the lens you’re using, how do you decide what camera angle to go for when taking photos?

    January 31, 2014
    • Thank you Mabel, you have asked a very interesting question, I don’t think I do decide, I just take lots of shots, with lots of different angles. When I get them on the computer I decide which ones I will use. Though, having said that, I have photographed that building many times now, and I am slowly working out how to photograph it.

      January 31, 2014
      • Thanks for the insightful response, Leanne. Taking lots of photos of different angles, you’ll get a variety of shots and I guess you tend to get good photos. I personally think this works well with photographing still objects, not with taking pictures of moving subjects like birds which I’ve found challenging. Have a good weekend!

        January 31, 2014
      • That’s okay Mabel, it was a question that certain had me thinking. I get some good photos, I am the type of photographer that it is nothing for me to go out for the day and take 500 photos. I only show a small selection of them on the blog, I only show the ones I like, so you don’t get to see the bad ones. ;) You can still take lots of photos of moving objects, but you probably wouldn’t change the angles much. YOu have a great weekend too Mabel, stay cool.

        February 1, 2014
  17. Very nice pictures. I have a Canon 28 mm wide angel lens that I like for this type thing.

    January 31, 2014
    • I think wide angle lens are great for architecture, especially in tight places. Thank you Sonya.

      February 1, 2014
  18. Stunning photos, Leanne. You have brought such life into this magnificent building through all your work with it over the past year. Your new work with the 14-24mm adds to the perception of vitality of the place. A big picture is captured, but fine details are celebrated . . . Not unlike the work that has been done in the building for a long time. I hope the organization is as pleased with your work as we all are.

    January 31, 2014
    • Thank you so much Maggie, the new lens allows me to do some things I couldn’t do before. I think they like what I have done, they seem to.

      February 1, 2014
  19. What a fascinating building!

    February 1, 2014
    • It is a great building, I love the history of it as well. Thank you John.

      February 1, 2014
  20. You make that building look so huge!!! Haha

    February 1, 2014
    • Haha, I think that is the lens Amanda, but thanks.

      February 1, 2014
  21. Your architecture photographs are always fabulous. So true about the diversity of the dslr’s. I just got the d610 full frame and when in doubt I can fall back to auto settings :) Keep up the great work Leanne you inspire so many people.

    February 3, 2014
    • Thank you, that is great to hear. Congratulations on the new camera, how wonderful. DSLR’s do open up the opportunity to do so many things. I have the D800 but it doesn’t have auto, it has program but I haven’t played with it. Thanks again, and I will do my best.

      February 3, 2014
  22. Seeing the world through a wide angle lens for the first time is a real eye opener!

    February 3, 2014
    • I had seen it with the previous camera, but the full frame was another thing again, it was like getting a new lens too. I love what it captures.

      February 4, 2014

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