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It’s a About Perspective…

September 9th, 2015

I did a photoshoot of my 33g this weekend. Normally, I pull out my go-to 24-70mm lens for the majority of my shots, but unfortunately, this weekend that lens was in the shop, necessitating that I experiment with some other options. In doing so, I was amazed at how the exact same aquascape can look radically different based on the focal length of the lens used to shoot it.

33G - 11mm

33G Aquascape – Photographed with 11mm lens

Take the first shot above as an example. This was start with a super wide-angle lens at just 11mm. Of all of the shots, I love how dramatic it makes the hill look, with so much depth it’s amazing. However, if you submitted this to an aquascaping contest, you’d likely get points knocked off for too much distortion. Just look at the silicon line on the back left — it’s not even remotely a straight line like it should be.

33G - 13mm

33G Aquascape – Photographed with 13mm lens

Dialing it back a bit only 2mm to 13mm makes a lot of difference. You can see the distortion is not quite so profound, albeit still present, and the warping of the hill itself is less so. Whether or not this is a good thing or not is up to you.

33G - 17mm

33G Aquascape – Photographed with 17mm lens

Now, jumping to 17mm the lines are much more natural but you still get a good amount of depth. Notice how there’s less and less reflection as the angle gets narrower. In the first shot, you get nearly the entire grouping of Rotala rotundifolia whereas as 17mm we only see the tops.

33G - 50mm

33G Aquascape – Photographed with 50mm lens

Finally, jumping all the way up to 50mm it almost looks like a totally different aquascape compared to the 11mm shot. There’s barely a foreground to speak of and the mound itself is compressed. The lack of depth is profound. This further demonstrates how important the photography aspect of aquascaping to ensure that you’re capturing the right version of the scape that you want to share with the world. I’d be very interested to hear what you’re personal favorite is of the photos above in the comment section.

5 Responses to “It’s a About Perspective…”

  1. Eugen Says:

    The 17mm lens shot looks more natural. The depth of the 11mm is certainly appealing, but it starts to look a little as those miniaturizing effect shots.
    The 50mm just looks terrible in comparison ( although if I would not have seen the alternatives , I would say it looks just fine ) .

    Very nice comparison, thanks for sharing.

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks for your feedback, Eugen. I agree with what you’re saying in all cases!

  3. L Says:

    Really like the 17mm. Would be interested to see some shots with the 24-70 now that it’s back from the shop!

  4. Karen Randall Says:

    Lovely aquascape, Kris! I agree that I think the 17mm has it dialed in just right. I don’t like the warp in the wider angles, and the 50mm leave it too flat looking. I suspect that, seen in person, you’d move up close to really get a good look, and your view would be most similar to that 17mm “look”.

  5. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks for your feedback, Karen! I definitely move up close to look — I have to to see the tiny critters!

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