The Neil Armstrong Statue sits outside of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering on the campus of Purdue University

The Neil Armstrong Statue on the Campus of Purdue University

In the short time that it has been on campus I bet the Neil Armstrong statue is one of the most photographed items on campus. I know that I have a hard time walking by it without photographing it. A couple of years ago I led a photowalk on the campus of the university as part of the larger Google+ worldwide photowalk. I went to campus a few days early just to see if I could map out a good route that would see the most as quickly as possible. We would want to spend some time at each location so it would work best to have a smooth route planned. It was during that prep that I made this photo. It is not the best photo that I have made of the statue, but it has stuck with me for some reason.

A Wide Angle Lens Will Change Your Outlook

I had a fairly new lens at the time that I made this photo. I used my new Tamron 10-24mm lens everywhere that I could. It really was a game changer for me. They say that you don’t know what you are missing until you put a wide angle lens on your camera for the first time. In 2012 I was doing far more landscape work than I do today so a wide angle was a welcome addition to my camera bag. It was a lens that has served me well over the years. I have had a couple of pieces published that were made with that lens. Now I use it very sparingly. It is more of a remote lens for me now. In fact tonight I will be placing it in harms way to capture the hammer throw at the Dave Rankin track meet on campus. The fact that it has become a bit expendable is kind of sad, but it shows that I have come a long way in the last three years. The lens that would not come off of my camera is now barely ever on it.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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