If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you’ve probably heard the news: I finally ordered a new Canon lens for my camera after 3 and a half years of using my kit lens!! (I do technically have an additional zoom lens but I have stuck almost 100% with my kit lens over these past few years.)
Maybe you’ve also noticed that I’m getting more serious/passionate/excited about photography lately. I strive to honor my Creator in all I do – and as an aspiring photographer, I love glorifying Him through the art of capturing moments!
My new lens is a Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM (this is the newer version of their f/1.8 lens). I researched a lot of lenses, read a lot of articles, and watched a lot of YouTube videos before going ahead and ordering this one.
I like it because it’ll work really nicely if and when I upgrade my camera body someday. My current Canon Rebel has a crop-sensor body (it’s not a full-frame body), so whatever prime lens I put on it does alter the focal length a bit (I think my camera’s body requires you to multiply the “mm” by 1.6?). So, on a crop body my 50mm lens functions as something a bit closer to an 80mm lens. That being said, I am already in love with how it’s working with this current camera body I have! And, this nice lens will be a flexible option for me to use both now and in the future if I upgrade, acting like its true 50mm on a future camera body.
This new lens is a huge breath of fresh air and I am so excited! The bokeh has the perfectly promised “buttery” quality, and I am a bit obsessed with it already.
I feel like my photos are FINALLY showing these glimpses of the world as I see it and have so desperately wanted to capture it…from glowy golden sunsets to the way tall grass moves in the breeze, from perfectly messy dirt roads to the puff of a dandelion. Even the quiet, dreamy stillness of a rural evening out in the middle of nowhere, shafts of sunlight through lace curtains, the stance of my husband as he oh-so-patiently waits for me to snap photos. It’s magical. ✨ And I can’t wait to keep experimenting with it!!! ??❤️ PS- can you tell I’m a bit obsessed with light?!
Bjorn and I love going road-chasing every now and then, and the arrival of my new lens in the mail gave us the perfect excuse to hop in the truck and go for a ride! 🙂 (As a side note, around here I’ve often heard of people who grew up going for a “Sunday drive” – everyone piled in the family car and went for a dirt road sightseeing “tour” on a lovely afternoon! What a fun way to grow up!)
My husband mostly listened to his audio book in the truck (he’s not really into posing as a model for photos 🙂 ), but I did convince him to step out for a little bit! This whole road-chasing outing was his idea and what he pushed for that evening, though – I am touched by how supportive he is of my hobbies.
There are 3 really special things about road-chasing:
1 // How still and quiet and peaceful it is. It’s amazing how, without fail, I find myself taking an extra deep breath once we get out there in the middle of nowhere.
2 // Stumbling upon abandoned farm places. They’re obviously so quiet and peaceful; it’s incredible to thing about their history and what those places used to be like.
3 // The fact that you can park in the middle of the dirt road, whenever and almost wherever you like! If I see something beautiful, we can just stop the truck so I can run about and snap photos…without worrying about another vehicle coming our way.
I have a “Magic Hour” (free) app on my phone, which is also super fun. I haven’t used it a lot recently, but I love how it calculates for you in your location when golden or magic hour will begin!
All in all, we really recommend going road-chasing…And I really recommend the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. 🙂