This weeks photo challenge has challenged me to capture some of the beautiful sunsets that we are so honored to see almost every evening. These photos, most likely, do not do these sunsets justice. As we all know, there is nothing like actually witnessing a sunset. So therefore, there really isn’t that much that I can bring to the table here…except bringing them to your computer screen through the eye of my lenses.
Also, referring to the “ft. 85mm” in the caption, I rented an 85 mm 1.8 lens for my Nikon D3200 body. I currently use a 50 mm 1.4, that I own, to shoot most of my materials. I wanted to try and get the most out of the 85 mm lens while I had it for rent and to get a feel for what kind of lens I would like to buy next.
**Also, if you would like to know my thoughts about the 85 mm 1.8, stick around till the end of this article, so I can show you some examples with each lens (at around the same time of day) and how they compare and contrast. **
One of my favorite things to try and capture during the sunset are silhouettes. These silhouettes can be of people or random objects, but id prefer people (as I do in all of my photos). Don’t get me wrong, I love a good photo that reveals my subjects loud and clear so that you can see their faces, but I also admire the mysteriousness of a silhouette. The sunsets also give you colors that you cannot get anywhere else (well unless you create those colors manually which takes the beauty out of it in my opinion).
Here are my sunset photos: I hope you can enjoy!
Let me know which one is your favorite(s)!
**My thoughts on the 85mm 1.8 lens: I think that the 85mm lens is a wonderful lens that gives you great quality photos and I was able to create really nice art with it. However, I thought that the 50 mm lens was not versatile and quite restrictive (in terms of what settings your taking pictures in: a small room, a large group of people (3 or more people). The 85 mm is much more restrictive than the 50 (obviously), but I say this because you dont really know until you take action and that lens is actually on your camera. You think you have to back up from your subject quite a bit while using the 50?…Just wait until you put that 85 lens on your camera. You physically cannot get enough space between you and your subject.
(Excerpt: for those who are into portrait photography or just dealing with people in your photoshoots: the 85 mm gives you distance from your subject that could help alleviate some tension or discomfort that your model(s) may have because you are allowing more space between.)
I love the outcome of my pictures with the 85 mm, but what I realized when I switched back to my 50 mm after using the 85 for a while is that the only thing your really getting from the 85 that the 50 cant give you as much of, is the bokeh. In reality, the 50mm gives off a great bokeh. Sure, it isn’t as creamy or nice as it COULD be, but in my opinion, it gives me what I need when I need it. By renting the 85 mm, it helped me realize that my 50 mm lens is exactly what I need for right now. The 85 mm would be excellent for weddings and ceremonies so you can have that distance between you and your subject(s) without being a sore thumb to the audience and still get a quality and more personal photograph. **
If you have never rented any camera gear before I would highly suggest it, especially if you are trying to decide which lens or camera body to purchase next. I live in the Raleigh, NC area and rented from a store called Southeastern Camera. They also have a store in Wilmington, NC (which I have rented from as well). They are both quality camera studios and are more than willing to help you find or try what you are looking for. Visit them here.
If you have had any experience between 50 mm and 85 mm, please leave some advice or your opinion in the comments below. I would love to know which you like better or if you own both of these lenses, which you use most and why you use them when you do.