Today’s featured photo here comes from the UK pavilion at Epcot!
I had the chance the other night to shoot World Showcase with Ryan, who is here for work for an entire month. We had one of the most clear nights for night shooting that I can remember in quite some time. Perfect temperature, no humidity, and perfectly blue nighttime skies. I’ve been using my Canon ultra wide lens attached to the A7 for my night shooting since Sony does not have a native FE mount UWA yet. On this night though, Ryan and I swapped so he could get some wide angle shots, and I put his 24-105 f/4 on the A7. It was pretty nice and eye opening to shoot with that lens, since it forced me to not lean on the whole super wide aspect of the 17mm. Going to 24mm doesn’t sound like a lot, but it really is quite a bit tighter.
In post processing, I had to correct for the distortion, which I pretty much always do when shooting at a wider focal length. The 24-105 doesn’t distort anywhere near as much as the 17-40, but the center of the image still bows out when no correction is applied. This was also only one exposure, no bracketing or layering. In Lightroom, I pulled the highlights way down and the shadows way up, and thanks to the sensor on the A7, there really was no noise or banding in the sky. That’s a major time saver when shooting in the parks. There are some downsides though. The adapter for the Canon lenses does strip away some of the contrast, and the images don’t turn out as punchy as they do when the native lenses are attached. So, I had to go up more than normal with the contrast and clarity sliders to recover some of that, which can introduce some noise or grunginess to the image.