In a series of newly-released images, photographer Albert Dros is keen to exhibit the wonders of a 10mm lens and share tips for shooting. Based in the Netherlands, the wide-angled photos feature scenes from all around Europe.
By his own admission, Dros loves to shoot with extreme wide angles.
Shooting at 10mm is like shooting in another world. Because of the distortion on the edges, you automatically get an effect that kind of sucks you into the image. Foreground elements get extremely big, and clouds in the sky automatically point to the center.
When it comes to composition, the advice Dros would offer is to stay low to the ground. He loves how generally small objects in the foreground, such as rocks or flowers, can appear much larger on camera. When scouting out a potential photo, he says he often walks around holding his camera low, looking through the viewfinder in order to monitor how the scene in front of him looks with the distortion caused by the lens. “Centimeters can make or break an image composition wise,” he says.
Cloudy skies are another go-to for Dros, who says using wide-angled lenses really helps to accentuate how dramatic they look.
Describing it as a “whole new way of photographing,” he says it’s an entirely new way to get creative in landscapes or architecture photography.
These photos were shot with the Venus Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE on the Sony a7R III.
What do you think of his images? Is it something you would try?
Images courtesy of, and used with the permission of, Albert Dros.