I had a lot on the to-do list today and I didn’t even get to half of it, but one thing I did get done was a photo shoot with my new 24mm lens. This new camera gear has been so fun! And it’s made me slow down a bit on my shoots. I don’t want to have this awesome gear and then take rushed, crappy pictures with it! It’s sort of a lot of pressure! But in a good way.
Now, the 24mm lens is my most expensive lens to date. By a lot. Like two and three times more than my other lenses. And I even bought it refurbished, because I couldn’t stomach the full price! So, this isn’t a fun lens to buy on a whim. This is a serious piece of glass, which is what I was looking for. I originally had my eye on the 35mm, since that is the lens I used most often on my d7000, but the reviews were mixed and it was a lot of money to spend on something that might not perform up to the price tag. The 24mm lens had amazing reviews and I knew I would take full advantage of the wide view in the small rooms in my house. I also love that I can shoot with it hand-held in very low light and still get quality pictures. As you probably know, taking pictures inside can be really tricky and often the lighting conditions aren’t very good. This lens and camera combo gives me a lot more flexibility.
The other great thing about the 24mm is that I get a nice wide shot without the room looking bowed or wonky (technically called vignetting.) When you get close to something, though, like the roses I shot yesterday, they do appear to come forward in the picture, so I’ll use my 50mm or 60mm for shots like that. This lens will be my go-to for rooms and full shots of furniture. I wanted to take this lens for a spin and I realized I hadn’t shown my “new dining room” with the table I swapped with my Aunt Susan… As Phineas would say, “I know what we’re going to do today!” (Sorry…kid’s TV show reference.)
And here is how my dining room looks today (shot with my new camera and 24mm lens)…
I had a great time finding new angles I hadn’t shown on my blog before, so you can get a nice feel for the space and how it relates to other rooms in my house.
I did take one closeup with the 24mm – this place setting. A lot of people asked about my blue and white dishes when I’ve shown them before, but if you look closely, you’ll see they aren’t a matching set. Just about everything on the table is mis-matched, in fact. The saucers don’t match the cups. The demitasse spoons don’t match the silverware. The napkins, napkin rings, glasses and even the chairs are all mis-matched. All of them are pieces I’ve picked up here and there…mostly from antique stores, yard sales, auctions and flea markets. The runner is a roll of grain sack fabric that I cut to size. The silverware and ruffled linen napkins are from Pottery Barn.
To answer a couple of other FAQ’s – The cow painting is an original oil painting by Cindy Austin. I’ve named her Eulalie. Cindy does have giclee prints of the original painting available for sale in her Etsy shop, if you’re interested in having a Eulalie of your own. (By the way, Cindy just finished painting me another cow!) The bamboo “Tattoo” can be hard to come by, but the girls at Decor Steals carry it every once in a while, so watch their sales.
You may have noticed that I haven’t finished the chairs that I had stripped, yet. I thought I knew what I wanted to do with them, but now I’m not sure. I sort of like them as they are, so I’m just leaving them alone until I’m inspired.
So, does anyone want to place a wager on how long this dining room set will last? I think the record is two years.
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