Testing a New Lens at Walter Jones Park

So yesterday I had a moment of spontaneity. I had received a wide angle lens from KEH Camera and I was testing it out in the rooms of my parents’ house because I wanted to see if I could practice doing some photography for real estate. As expected, the photos didn’t turn out very good, but that was only because I was a beginner to the whole skill of photographing indoors.

But that’s for another day. Getting back to my moment, I decided to test out the lens in a more natural setting to see what it was capable of doing outside buildings. And what better place to test this out than a visit to one of my favorite parks?

So I packed my camera bag and laptop into my car and drove off to Walter Jones Historical Park, a small park buried behind a small outlet of stores and nestled between some of the wealthiest dwellers in the Mandarin area.

Upon arriving, I got super annoyed that there was a lot of people there already, but I didn’t let that stop me from pulling out my camera and lenses for a photo walk.

It was also midday and I knew I had no business trying to photograph things in the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead. Plus, the sky was clear, so there were no clouds filtering out the sunlight. All in all, there weren’t many good conditions for a photographer like me who enjoyed taking photos under natural light sources.

But I made the most out of the day and still tested the wide angle lens out while hunting for beautiful things. For the gear heads, it was a Sigma 10-20mm f/4 – 5.6 EX DSM lens for Nikon cameras.

I did get some decent results from using this lens and I even discovered a small beach-like area on a hidden path near the tall, weathered trees! But I couldn’t play in the dirt or the water from the St. Johns River because I didn’t bring a towel.

This was taken with my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G lens. Because why not?

The photo walk was great and the lens worked nicely. My next photo walk will be either at Alpine Groves or Riverfront Park and I will try to not photograph during the middle of the day (I’m probably going to violate this since it’s a habit of mine…) when the sun is directly above me. Maybe some time around the afternoon?

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