My journey as a photographer started back in 2010. It was a really slow start and there were a lot of things to learn along the way. The first time I felt that I could do better in photography and should take it seriously was after winning a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Sponsored “ IMS PHOTO CONTEST” in 2012. That was my first big achievement as a photographer and it changed my whole life, later encouraging me to use photography as a voice to share my life with others. I allowed myself to go deeper into the world of photography and since then, I have not stopped learning and growing everyday.
My love affair with SCANDINAVIA started back in 2013 while examining photos of other international photographers. I grew up dreaming of going to Scandinavia so I promised myself I would go and live that dream one day. It was a long journey - after 4 years of waiting with lots of hardship and ups and downs, I made my first visit to ICELAND in 2016. Since then, I have returned again and again, experiencing and exploring this far away world with my camera, bringing it closer to my people and fans through my photography.
TODAY, my photography stands for a moral duty to help others to achieve their dreams like I have done and to bring the world closer to people who have never experienced or dreamed of it.
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This year I planned my solo trip to NORWAY AND ICELAND FOR 23 Days and captured the most beautiful parts of it to share with others. I had started to approach some brands to sponsor some equipment to help me capture this heavenly world. I’ve wanted to try SAMYANG lenses for a long time and have heard a lot about them. After a few attempts, I got lucky and SAMYANG agreed to provide me with one amazing lens for my SCANDIVANIAN EXPLORATION – the AF 14mm F2.8. The objective was to hunt AURORAS in these countries and shoot mostly in darkness.
Initially I was really worried about this product and its usage, because I had never used a PRIME lens before except (sigma 85mm) for portraits. For landscapes, I’ve always preferred normal zoom lenses or wide-angle lenses with Infinity rings on them. At first, I thought this lens was very wide and without an infinity ring, it could be a problem to focus in darker conditions or at night but all my worries quickly disappeared when I started using this lens on my journey. It’s amazingly sharp and fast with really good focusing speed even at night or low light conditions.
This is a genuine review of the lens from my side. I wanted to share my actual experience of using this lens on my journey. NORWAY & ICELAND offer very wide landscapes so it’s always great to have one wide-angle lens to shoot the beauty of these countries. The thing that most surprised me about this lens is its size and weight, clocking in at only 474g.
As a landscape photographer, I know it’s so hard to carry lots of gear and lug around so much weight on our shoulders. I’ve always hoped that some brand would try to cut down the weight of the lenses to make it easier for landscape photographers. The SAMYANG AF 14mm F2.8 fulfilled that wish for me. On my journey, it was so lightweight and small that I occasionally carried it in my jacket pocket when shooting in different locations.
Now I’ll let the photos do the talking and hope you will fall in love with the beauty of these two countries at 14mm. The lens served me really well on my journey and I have no issues so far from this amazing product from SAMYANG GLOBAL.
Reine Village ( LOFOTEN)
Reine Village - lofoten
Diamond beach - Iceland
Tromso countryside - Norway