Vive le Etrange: Wide Angle Portaiture

Vive le Etrange: Wide Angle Portaiture

When you have an interesting, unique or just plain weird fashion to shoot, nothing brings out the odd like a wide angle lens.  Indeed, Tim Burton uses wide angle shots to great affect in all his movies.

This shot was taken at 11mm on the underrated Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ATX Pro lens for crop format cameras.  Some of my favorite and most distinctive photos have come from this inexpensive, but awesome lens.

For this shot, I got in very close to the models and used a hand held off-camera flash to add even more drama – as you can see with the shadows. The challenge was that I was working the floor at a cosplay fashion show – I had about 30 seconds to set up and take this shot – without assistance.  Hence the use of a lightweight DX camera and hand held speedlites.  Thanks to David Hobby from the Strobist website, I was ready for this one.