The addition of a new lens can add life to a kit, sparking creativity and inspiring a new look on old subjects.
One such lens example is the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly
and for most photographers using full frame gear, the extreme wide angle focal length is the big appeal for this lens.
Shared here is the Irix 11 view of the Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda ceiling.
While this appears to be a simple image to capture, establishing the perfect camera alignment is very challenging.
Any decentering within the space causes opposing side detail alignment mismatch and forces slight camera tilt to establish balanced framing with the latter quickly being made apparent by converging lines.
While software can be used to correct some issues such as perspective, it cannot easily move the relationship of near and far details.
Getting it right in the camera is a much better option.
With those bright lights in the frame, an HDR
strategy was needed for this picture.
Consider getting the Irix 11 or another lens that would be useful to you and provide a creative spark.
The holidays are great time to use such a lens and your Christmas tree makes a great 11mm subject.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr