Panasonic 7-14 - Usage tips for UWA neophyte

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yyr
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Re: Panasonic 7-14 - Usage tips for UWA neophyte
In reply to Florida Nature Photographer, 3 months ago

Florida Nature Photographer wrote:

As of yesterday afternoon, I am the proud owner of what was formerly Bob Tullis' Panasonic 7-14 lens. It came complete with Anders' Purple Blob modification installed.

I went out this morning to give it a whirl and mother nature did not cooperate to say the least. I took it as a good thing, though. I could experiment and focus on fundamentals without worrying about messing up fabulous opportunities. Although, it did mean that I didn't get to practice much with sun spots.

I am looking primarily for feedback on how to execute better in preparation for a time when there are fabulous opportunities to mess shots up.

I am posting some comments on each shot here for easier quoting purposes and in the caption on the images themselves for easier reference while you are viewing them.

For the most part I did perspective correction using Lightroom's automatic function only. I didn't want to fix too much because I wanted you to see the distortion you could tell me how to get it right in the field.

UWA changes the perspective between near and far objects. Foreground objects tend to look much bigger and/or distorted, Distant objects that you can see easily with your naked eye tend to look further away. Those are features of UWA lenses and also why you have to compose differently.

The other thing is that you get more 'natural' distortion at the sides of the frame so it's a good idea to keep away from tall objects or people at the side and try and place them more centrally. You can also 'create' distortion by angling the camera forward (away from you) Try this a couple of times and you'll see what I mean. I would say that your pictures below are pretty typical of the lens at 7mm. You're off to a good start.

1.This building is cylindrical.

it looks cylindrical in this picture

2. The river isn't that wide and the buildings aren't that small.

See my explanation above - that looks pretty normal for the FL

3. Same building as the first shot. Note the odd elliptical shape near the top.

I can't see anything except a bit of faint cloud?

4. This building looks a lot bigger from here in real life.

Again - your seeing the effect of shooting at 7mm

5. The sun finally poked out for a moment so I rushed to catch it and Wham! sun spots. Note the sun on the foreground wood.

Normal for wide/UWA lenses. If it bothers you you will need to keep the sun away from the frame or shade the lens with your hand/hat (easier said than done)

6. Trying to have near foreground items.

Looks fine

7. I've photographed this hotel before but was never able to capture so much at once.

Aah - that's one of the joys. Nice composition too.

This building is cylindrical.

The river isn't that wide and the buildings aren't that small.

Same building as the first shot. Note the odd elliptical shape near the top.

This building looks a lot bigger from here in real life.

The sun finally poked out for a moment so I rushed to catch it and Wham! sun spots. Note the sun on the foreground wood.

Trying to have near foreground items.

I've photographed this hotel before but was never able to capture so much at once.

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