San Francisco de Asis Church

San Francisco de Asis Church ~ rising from the shadows.

A few days ago I set out to photograph San Francisco de Asis Church in the village of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. The goal of the evening was simply to practice using my Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt-shift lens on an architectural subject to avoid the convergence of parallel lines. The catch…the are no straight lines, parallel lines, or even right-angles in traditional Southwestern style architecture, and Saint Francis de Asis church is no exception.

What I did find is that the building has a greater prominence in the image when using a vertical shift than compared to the original shot with no shift. Without shifting the lens the camera has to be leaned back which causes convergence and results in a severely distorted image. Notice how a street light has also crept into the original un-shifted image.

The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II is a lens that I’m look forward to using. I have several trips scheduled over the next six weeks including a trip to the Grand Canyon to create a series of wide-angle panoramics, and then onto Colorado for fall color. After I return I plan to write a review of the lens to share my thoughts, likes and dis-likes on using this lens. I can comfortably say that after just a couple of outings with this lens that I’m sure it is going to have a permanent place in my camera bag.

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