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Reflection at Lago di Braies

Back to the Lago di Braies with another photo today. This was taken right around lunch, with the sun really high up in the sky. I don’t really like time like that to take photos, but that was the time when the lake was calm and the reflection was nicely visible. So I did some photos of course :)

This is a three shot panorama, each shot from three exposures. Blended and merged in Photoshop. This is another panorama taken without the help of a panoramic head, and you can check my tips on doing this here.

Reflection at Lago di Braies

Laowa 12mm lens

It has been over a year now since I got the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens. In that time I had the opportunity to try it out a lot of times, so today I will share with you my thought on it, and if I’m happy with the purchase.

Taking photos at 12mm

There are not many lenses where you can go that wide. This is great, but also makes this a very specific use lens. One can only use it when something is really close, or very big. In all other situations, all will look very small, or you get too much of empty space. Also, pointing the lens up or down results in a huge amount of perspective distortion, so it’s best used when perfectly leveled.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

Still, the moment you are in a situation that fits this lens, it’s great. The distortion is minimal, the sharpness is great. Also having the F2.8 aperture is perfect if you want to do star photos or auroras (have not tried this personally, but have a friend who uses it all the time). It’s also great when you want to do a panorama, but are not able to do multiple photos. As it’s so wide, you can just take a photo and crop it later into a panoramic aspect ratio.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

The ability to use a circular polarizer and 10cm square filters make it very practical. Now I can use the same filters on my lenses and don’t have to get the big 15cm ones. This makes it much cheaper and much harder to damage the filters. You still get strong vignetting, but that’s a small tradeoff for how easy is to use them. I wrote more about this here.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

There are actually only two things I don’t like about this lens. First is, the aperture ring is very easy to randomly rotate. When I get back to the lens, it never is at the same aperture I left it at. Usually, just by touching the sides of my camera bag, it moves to F22.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

The second thing, it’s a bit harder to focus for me. I always manually focus, so being a manual focus lens is not a problem. The issue is the aperture. Normally, when you focus on a camera, the lens first opens to it’s biggest aperture, to let in the biggest amount of light it can. There is a button on the side of the most camera, that when pressed, steps the lens to the aperture you selected.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

On this lens, you have to change the aperture manually, so it’s always set to the one you have chosen. Like this, you see the resulting focus right away. But since the DOF is usually very high, you don’t really know where you are focused at all and have to check multiple areas of the photo. This is not really a problem of the lens, more of my workflow when taking photos. It’s just different from my other lenses, that I forget about it, and then end up with out of focus photos.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

In the end, the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D is a great lens, and I’m happy I got it last year. And of course, all photos in this post are taken with it. You can also see my favorite composition with it. I like to have a path, railing or something similar on one side, pulling your eyes into the photo.

More wallpapers

Acording to the blog statistics, a lot of you seem to like the wallpapers I share. There are few that get downloaded much more than others, but all of them get viewed a lot. So let’s add few more today.

I also just noticed, that there were no links to the super wide wallpapers on the blog. There was none in the menu and on other wallpaper pages. That is fixed now, and you should be able to find them easily now.

All available wallpapers:

Paris 4K wallpapers

Today, I’m adding again 4 new wallpapers to the 4K section. And as the post name suggest, these are all from Paris.

Paris 4K wallpapers
Paris 4K wallpapers
Paris 4K wallpapers
Paris 4K wallpapers

Missing trees at Lago di Carezza

Let’s go to another lake in the Dolomites today. This one is the Lago di Carezza. As you can see, there is a huge patch on the right side of the photo with missing trees. And even this view would not be even possible a few months ago, as there were trees also on this side of the lake. What happened is, that strong winds uprooted a lot of trees in the area. On the way there you can see hills and hills that are missing trees. There also has been a lot of cleanup work done when I was there, where they are removing the fallen trees.

I’m not 100% happy with this photo. While it was already sunny, the low clouds were still around the mountains. They moved after an hour or so, but with them disappeared also the reflection in the lake, and did not come back while I was there.

This is a two shot panorama, each shot blended from 4 exposures. Merged and blended in Photoshop.

Missing trees at Lago di Carezza

Little reflection at the Lago Antorno

Hard to believe, but this photo was taken the day before I took the one I posted yesterday. This is at another lake in the Dolomites, the Lago Antorno. This one is just a bit higher up than the rest. We even wanted to go further up, but the road was closed off here. Maybe soon :)

This is a two shot vertorama, each shot blended from two exposures. I really just replaced the sky from a bit darker exposures. I still wanted it to be bright, as I wanted the whole photo to have this snowy, bright feel. Still, it was not sunny, so the snow is not as shiny. Blended and merged into a vertorama in Photoshop.

Little reflection at the Lago Antorno
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