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through the lens

A great image requires a delicate combination of many things – light, timing, subject matter, composition, equipment, and skill. As a photographer and writer, our tools and talents dictate the results seen by a world audience. Hiking through dense woods, swarmed by biting insects, we wait for the moment when the light begins to dance. Although there is no formula for producing a stunning image, Justin would say it comes down to good use of light, a compelling subject matter, a creative composition, and the right lens. Photography tells a story through a single image. Images are changing the way we see the world, and we choose to dedicate our practice to effective and creative storytelling.

During Phase II of our project, we were sponsored by a truly incredible company called LensProToGo. As a collection of photographers themselves, they rent and ship camera equipment across the country. While in Maine, they graciously supplied us with four different lenses, expanding our creative capacity to capture the raw and wild parts of nature. Working quickly and with ease, we want to thank LensProToGo for their help, and give a sneak peek into the lenses we choose and why.

Words from photographer Justin Lewis:

50mm F/1.2
Canon’s 50mm 1.2 is an impressive prime lens. While shooting this canoe on a lake in Northern Maine, I was able to shoot hand held well into dusk. The 50 is a great all around lens but its magic isn’t fully revealed until you open up the aperture. When shooting wide open, f/1.2, or close to it, the bokeh (blurred effect on the background) of the lens adds its own unique look to the image.


85mm F/1.2
The super fast 85 1.2 proved a bit long in focal length for most of my uses, but when I found opportunities to use it, I was never let down. This lens really shines when used for portraiture or video. I used it almost exclusively during interviews for our dam removal project on the Penobscot River in Maine.


300mm F/2.8
I don’t get an opportunity to shoot with large lenses often, but in Maine we needed some moose portraits, and had to decide what lens would be a good fit. Often times moose will walk right up to you, so a 400mm or 600mm would have been too long. We decided to go with the new 300mm 2.8, an unbelievably sharp lens and a good compromise. Not too long, but still long enough to see the tiny flies buzzing around the moose’s nose and eyes.


For more information on lens rental for your own project, check out LensProToGo. They recently launched a new iPhone App – making rentals easier then ever before!

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on breakfromoffice and commented:
    Awesome…sensational stuff

    April 26, 2013
  2. gorgeous photos!

    February 19, 2013
  3. Stunning, stunning photographs !

    February 8, 2013
  4. Your photos are magnificent ! I adore !

    January 15, 2013
  5. The picture of the empty canoe on the lake would make for a brilliant poster. Great work.

    January 2, 2013
  6. Wow! I know nothing of photography but I can tell that you are simply brilliant. Thank you again. I get excited when I see your post in my email. I know it will be wonderful. Cheers.

    December 3, 2012
  7. Reblogged this on A&E: Art and the Environment.

    November 28, 2012
  8. Reblogged this on Re-Cycler by HPI.

    November 28, 2012
  9. Butterflymaiden #

    beautiful images!! …… even if you are away from home; I hope you enjoy a nice Christmas! Blessings!

    November 27, 2012
  10. Beautiful Photos – thanks for sharing! Have a Great One:)

    November 27, 2012
  11. Jane #

    How generious of LensPro to supply you with such high tech equiptment. I’ve heard many great things about their company. It’s those special lenses that can pull in the light, hold the motion and keep the color sharp but it’s the photograper that selects, composes and captures the final shot. Justin, your photograpes are some of the best that I have ever seen. It’s obvious to me that your passion for this type of work goes deep into your soul. Thank you for bringing these amazing images to life and sharing your world with us.

    November 27, 2012

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