I have a new toy.
A wide-angle lens offers different opportunities, so I acquired one for the Olympus. Yesterday I decided to spend the day experimenting with it. There are many ways in which such a lens might be used. Yesterday’s exercise was primarily with landscapes and buildings at various ranges. The side roads off the Haywards Hill Road were where I chose to go.
Oddly, a wide-angle lens is often just as useful in portrait mode as in landscape, ging access to extreme foreground and far distance.
The side roads I mentioned, present interesting viewpoints of familiar landscapes from new points of view. This is a panorama of seven stitched images using the wide-angle to give vertical depth.
The other advantage of these side roads is the discoveries that are made. Yesterday, for example I was shocked to discover, after living in the region for 35 years, that there is not just one, but two historic churches at Pauatahanui. St Alban’s Anglican church in the village is pretty well known since it is visible from most parts of the inlet. St Joseph’s Catholic Church is almost totally invisible to motorists passing by at 100 km/h, and it was not until I came back down Bradey Road that I finally saw this building that dates back to 1878. It is number 205 on the Historic Places Trust register.
My final image was of a different type entirely. Mary has recently found a source of small edible squash, and they are such colourful character-filled vegetables, I had to try something using the new lens.
That’s enough for the day.