Funky Glass

This weekend was my very first experience shooting with a tilt/shift lens. I rented the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L from Lens Rentals Canada for the week, and I couldn’t be more excited about test-driving this piece of glass.

I managed to get out for a few brackets on Friday night, but the first real experimentation with the lens came on Saturday when I had the opportunity to photograph the interior of the new Jamieson Place building. Since I seem to be having issues with security in downtown Calgary, I decided to request permission to shoot from the Jamieson Place property management. They were prompt in responding and gave me free reign to shoot the interior…woohoo! I probably spent just over an hour in the building shooting from all different angles while testing out the tilt/shift capabilities of the lens. I had a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to get out and continue my testing this week.

On the 2nd floor of the Jamieson Place building they’ve built what they’re calling a ‘Winter Garden’, and it’s pretty amazing. Modern couches and stone benches are arranged amongst groves of bamboo and other smaller plants. The main feature is an infinity pool crowned with 3 amazing Chihuly glass sculptures that hang above. It’s a very peaceful atmosphere, and I can see myself returning there on a regular basis.

Below is my first attempt at using the tilt functionality to isolate a subject. By no means perfect, but I still think it’s a fun picture.

Canon EOS 50D, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L, 17mm, F 4.0, ISO 100, 5 Exposures

Jesse - October 18, 2010 - 7:19 am

Came out great Heath. Im sure you had a blast with the glass

Jim Denham - October 18, 2010 - 7:23 am

I don’t know Heath, looks pretty darn good to me. There’s no doubt the glass sculptures are the main subject and the focus is applied appropriately. I like it!

Jim Denham - October 18, 2010 - 7:23 am

I don’t know Heath, looks pretty darn good to me. There’s no doubt the glass sculptures are the main subject and the focus is applied appropriately. I like it!

Steve - October 18, 2010 - 7:34 am

just read your terms of usage – did you read Dale Chilhuly’s ?

Photographing and publishing the work of an artist can be legally problematic to put it mildly. I suspect that if the glass wasn’t the focus of the image but incidental there wouldn’t be an issue.

Nice photo though!

Pat OBrien - October 18, 2010 - 7:35 am

Heath, this came out great! The clarity and contrast from that TSE is amazing and the focusing is spot on. Leads my eye straight to the subject. Very nice!

Mike Olbinski - October 18, 2010 - 8:06 am

Well done! We got to see the Chihuly exhibit out here once, pretty awesome. Good job with the TS, I really need to try one of those.

Tanya - October 18, 2010 - 10:33 am

Like a happy & good Medusa! Great shot!

Heath O'Fee - October 18, 2010 - 9:56 pm

Thanks for the great response everyone, much appreciated!