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Nicky Loh x FE 35 mm F1.4 GM

When I started taking photographs professionally, my mentor told me that if I can make my own backyard beautiful, then I can photograph anywhere else in the world. So my photography is sometimes focused on mundane things and making them interesting, because I appreciate looking at things from a different perspective. 

That’s what we all need sometimes, a different perspective that will elevate your pictures from a normal snap to a Moriyama or William Eggleston masterpiece.

Alpha 7R IV | FE 35 mm F1.4 GM | 35 mm | 1/250 sec | F4 | ISO 1,000

Alpha 7R IV | FE 35 mm F1.4 GM | 35 mm | 1/250 sec | F4 | ISO 1,000

To me, a good photo provokes thought and makes people wonder what the story behind the image is. It’s like taking people on a journey to see what I see. And the FE 35 mm F1.4 GM is great for that, because it provides a perspective very similar to what the human eye sees. 

Alpha 7R IV | FE 35 mm F1.4 GM | 35 mm |1/250 sec | F1.4 | ISO 1,000

Alpha 7R IV | FE 35 mm F1.4 GM | 35 mm |1/250 sec | F1.4 | ISO 1,000

One of the most stunning things about this lens is how sharp it is. Every element and detail of a photograph adds up to make the photograph a telling piece; if a detail is muffled, it ends up distracting the eye. With this lens, even shooting at F1.4, my image is still sharp, even after zooming in 300% to the point of focus—even when I’m shooting super-fast action. 

I was never a fan of shooting at F1.4, because I was afraid that the focal point wouldn’t be sharp. This lens alleviates that fear. So now, I might shoot more of my work in that F-stop for that clean look.

Alpha 7C | FE 35 mm F1.4 GM | 35 mm | 1/4000 sec | F2 | ISO 100

Alpha 7C | FE 35 mm F1.4 GM | 35 mm | 1/4000 sec | F2 | ISO 100

When I’m creating a photograph, I’m always looking for small storytelling elements—like the details surrounding the subject. I think the environment works with the subject to tell their stories and their journeys. As the FE 35 mm F1.4 GM captures every detail clearly from corner to corner, it’s easy to create an image that attracts the viewer’s attention for them to look at the photo for longer and appreciate it more. 

Alpha 7R IV| FE 35 mm F1.4 GM | 35 mm |1/4000 sec | F1.4 | ISO 160

Alpha 7R IV| FE 35 mm F1.4 GM | 35 mm |1/4000 sec | F1.4 | ISO 160

It also inspires me to look at scenes differently. I have to get creative with my angles and move around to find different compositions. With the sharp auto focus, it allows me to capture round, creamy bokeh with beautiful color rendering, hassle-free. It makes my shots tack sharp with richer, more dynamic layers.  

The 35-mm range, to me, is a really classic look that serves the best of both worlds in terms of portrait and environment.  And with its small but sturdy build, it’s the ideal lens to take with me wherever I go.

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Nicky's Gear
ILCE-7RM4A
Alpha 7R IV

ILCE-7RM4A

SEL35F14GM
FE 35 mm F1.4 GM

SEL35F14GM