I have to wonder what a model thinks when the assignment to wear a parachute dress at Dragon's Teeth (Kapalua, Maui, HI) comes in.
"I get to wear an enormous dress designed to blow in the wind while standing barefoot on sharp rocks in extreme wind next to an ocean with occasional rogue waves that send salt water spray over everything nearby for an entire very hot, sunny day!"
Pick me! Pick me! [Finding Nemo]
This model obviously accepted Canon's request and she managed the assignment very professionally.
Parachutes are designed to ease the landing, but in this case, the parachute was more likely to cause a liftoff (followed by a perilous landing).
I would have been more comfortable if she had a crash pad beside her, but she stayed on her feet through even the strongest wind gusts.
A 50mm lens does not create the extreme background blur that long telephoto lenses
can create, but the 50mm angle of view allows a closer camera position that provides a more intimate look
while the f/1.2 aperture still provides a strong background blur that makes the subject stand out.
The look is unique in a very positive way.
The extremely wide f/1.2 aperture allows handholding in very low light levels but with a white dress in the sun, even a 1/8000 shutter speed is not always fast enough to avoid blown highlights at f/1.2 and ISO 100.
In direct sunlight, a neutral density filter
or, as used in this example, a circular polarizer filter
on the lens.
When water is on the horizon, I usually want the image framed with the horizon level.
Electronic viewfinder levels have greatly improved my original captures in this regard, but with the wind and unstable footing, I still managed to get a small degree of tilt that needed to be corrected in this image.
An ultra-wide aperture lens is generally selected to make use of those ultra-wide apertures.
Often, especially with 50mm ultra-wide aperture lenses, the image quality at the widest apertures is not good and often describable as "dreamy".
While dreamy can be nice on occasion, it is not usually what I am going for.
With this lens, f/1.2 results are very sharp, showing good resolution and contrast.
I have not hesitated to use this lens wide open and ... haven't stopped it down very often.
The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens
is a compelling reason to get a Canon EOS R
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr