Pet Photography Project 52, Week 9: Wide Angle

Happy March! This month has sure come in like a lion in Pittsburgh, bringing with it plenty of rain and another Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project blog circle theme. Week nine asked participants to shoot at a wide angle and I’ve got one of my favorite light Brahma chickens, Marsala, lending a hand (er–wing?) for this week’s image.

You may be wondering what exactly constitutes wide angle photography. In her article “5 Mistakes Beginners Make Using a Wide Angle Lens and How to Avoid Them,” Darlene Hildebrandt explains how your lens’s field of view affects your final image, elaborating that “any lens that has a wider field of view that what the human eye sees” will produce that wide angle, which can cause an image to look slightly distorted while at the same time enhancing perspective. Hildebrandt adds that “objects closer to the camera [will] appear larger than ones father away, even if they are the same size in reality.”

When aiming for a wide angle look, photographers will typically choose a lens that offers something wider than 50mm (for a full frame camera); keep in mind that a 50mm lens will produce an image closest to what the human eye sees normally. A lens with a smaller focal length number, such as a 24mm or 14mm will begin to create the wide angle appearance.

In this image, you’ll notice that Marsala looks quite large in comparison to her coop. While she is one of the larger of our 13 chickens, the 35mm I was shooting at added to her giant size.

light Brahma chicken in red chicken coop

Marsala sure is a pretty lady and quite the egg-layer! My husband and I are getting anywhere between five on the low end to upwards of 11 eggs a day from our feathered friends. Brahmas especially tend to be good layers, producing medium size brown eggs, and we’re collecting a substantial number each morning between her and the other three. I learned that Brahmas will average roughly 120  eggs per year and I’d say we’re well on our way to hitting that number. It seems we’ve got about six dozen in our refrigerator at any given time! So…eggs, anyone?

The Pet Photography Project 52 posts are part of a blog circle. To see what the next pawesome pet photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Wide Angle,” visit The Hoof & Hound Photographer, covering the Lancaster, UK area. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here.

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21 thoughts on “Pet Photography Project 52, Week 9: Wide Angle

  1. Who knew you could learn so much about chickens on a dog blog! 😀 Wonderful image of Marsala (I love her name!)

    1. Danyel, I love my 35mm! It’s great for wide angle shots. I find that I use it when I need to include more of the surroundings while on a session, particularly when I’m shooting in the city.

  2. Marsala is spectacular! Both in egg laying and modeling. I am toying with the idea of bringing in more baby chicks this year. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Darlene! I think I went a little crazy with all of their names, but it’s so much fun raising this backyard bunch!

  3. This is the second or third chicken photo I’ve seen this week from pet photographers. How egg-citing!

    I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myslef.

    1. Well, I didn’t even notice that! Thanks for pointing that out. Now that I look at it, she does complement it quite well.

  4. Great idea! I used to have friends with chickens as pets….then they found out it wasn’t allowed and had to get rid of them 🙁 ….compliments her coop very well – both in red.

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