Emphasizing #1 with the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens
No, post-processing was not used to create that perfectly-placed shadow. Outdoor photography is often about being at the right place at the right time. On this day, my timing was about perfect for the shadow of a large university field house to fall across the lanes of the outdoor track next to it, shading all but the first lane.
Also aiding in emphasizing the "1" was the perspective. With the 20mm lens positioned closer to the "1" than the other numbers, the "1" becomes the largest in the frame and therefore the most prominent. Everyone loves number "1" and there are far more uses for an emphasized "1" than any other number.
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is very fun to walk around with, letting your creativity take over. The results from this lens are quite impressive.
20mm f/11.0 1/80s ISO 100
Blue Hour Architecture Photography with the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens
A university administration building had caught my eye. It seemed a perfect subject for the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens I was reviewing and photographing it was on this evening's to-do list. During the blue hour is a great time to photograph architecture and starting with a shooting direction away from the sunset provides the earliest brightness balance between the building lights and the sky. As the sky darkened, the light balance on the other side of the building, looking toward the sunset (brighter sky), improved and that was the direction the camera was facing for this image capture.
To get a level camera for this perspective required fully extending the Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod legs and positioning the feet as close together as possible without risking stability. The camera was well above head height but the tilt LCD enabled proper leveling and composition. The low geometric distortion of this lens makes it a great option for photographing subjects with straight lines along the edges of the frame.
This was a single RAW image (not an HDR) captured with the brightest areas of the image somewhat too bright. In post, utilizing the Sony a7R IV's excellent dynamic range, the highlights were pulled back and the shadows were boosted for a balanced appearance.
20mm f/8.0 13s ISO 100
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Finds a Perfect Sunset in Rocky Mountain NP
The weather forecast indicated partly cloudy skies at sunset and a clear sky afterward, with low wind speed throughout the duration. That is a perfect recipe for an evening of landscape and nightscape photography over a mountain lake, and our workshop group headed to one of my favorite Rocky Mountain National Park locations. The plan was to photograph the sunset reflecting in the water and then the milky way doing the same after dark.
Which lenses to take? The best nightscape lenses are usually outstanding landscape lenses, and the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is an excellent choice for night sky photography. It made the small set in the pack this evening.
Post processing of this image involved a manual HDR process.
20mm f/8.0 1/4s ISO 100
Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G, The Ultimate Northern Lights Lens
As I share this image, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is one of my three favorite night sky lenses.
While it is one of three, it is not always the third choice. This lens is my first choice when the 20mm angle of view is desired.
Read the full story behind this northern lights shoot in the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens sample image from the same night.
20mm f/1.8 8s ISO 3200
Wide Aperture Pine Cone Close-Up Image
When using a wide aperture lens, be looking for interesting close subjects to focus on. Then use that wide aperture to create a strong background blur.
20mm f/1.8 1/400s ISO 100