The Great Makerspace Lens Shoot-Out

12 months ago
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II Nikon 28mm f/2.8 D

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor 35mm f/2.5
I talk a lot.
I already made another story explaining Makerspace
Canon 35mm f/2 Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Canon 85mm f/1.8 Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8
The idea was to shoot the same subject with each of the twelve lenses to note the difference in bokeh, color, and sharpness. A visual experiment of sorts to see how various focal lengths render unique results. I am lucky enough to have amazing friends who mostly shoot Canon, and were kind enough to lend me their lenses for this shoot.

I shot with each lens at its longest focal length, widest open aperature, and at ISO 100 which led to shutter speeds anywhere from 0.5 seconds to 4 seconds. I did very minimal editing in Lightroom 5. I added some contrast and sharpness while also attempting to equalize the white balance.
Those close to me know that when it comes to topics like community and creativity I can preach all day. Even more so when the two are combined. That is why I have become borderline obsessed with the 7Hills Makerspace located on Broad Street in Rome, GA.

The personal motto I have adopted and echoed often is to "Create Work, Put It Out." It embodies my passion and pursuit of seeing people take their ideas and make them into something. I try to encourage others to get out of their chairs and share their work; to turn good intentions into good results.
I had six tests this past week in school. I know, six. No senior in college deserves treatment like that. By the end of the week I felt drained both creatively and mentally.

I digress.

I needed to take some time for myself to do something I enjoyed just for its own sake. I find that from time to time I need to "pursue myself" and do things that I want to do. It sounds simple. It's not revolutionary thinking. It's just so easy to get lost in work and people that we forget ourselves. So I set up a little project for myself. My friend Pablo has some manual-focus Nikkor lenses I've played around with before. I thought about doing a shoot-out with as many different types of lenses I could get my hands on.
Results

"Create Work. Put It Out."

Overall, I did this because I wanted to give myself some work to do. I have ideas in my head, and I try to not let them stay in there too long. I don't want to spend all my time in front of a computer looking at other people's work and call it "being inspired." I'm tired of giving myself excuses. I want to encourage others to get up and do something. That is really what this mini project was all about.
Personal Favorites

Nikkor 35mm f/2.5 & Canon 85mm f/1.8
Canon 135mm f/2 Canon 70-120mm f/2.8

Canon 24-105mm f/4 Kaleinar 150mm f/2.8
Twelve Lenses || 5 Brands || 1 Polar Bear Cub
I won't explain it again, but I encourage you to check it out.
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