Whether you’re travelling the world or exploring destinations closer to home, to get the most of every location your camera needs an incredible lens which is both capable and flexible enough to take photography which sets yours apart from the rest.
Elements such as varying light and weather conditions offer endless challenges and opportunities for photographers. But while you may be in the right place, with a creative composition – without the right lens, there is only so much you can achieve.
One photographer. One day. Five lenses. Nikon set Spanish photographer, Ibai Acevedo, a mission to shoot five different locations, using five NIKKOR prime lenses in one day in his native Barcelona. Nikon wanted to show how a prime lens allows a photographer to immerse themselves in the destination and interact with the scene around them to deliver superior photography results.

Bleached out beaches | AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED

Beaches are full of potential distractions but the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED is the perfect lens for this setting. Its wide-angle captures the ambience and atmosphere without distortion, offering sharpness even in bright light. The shallow depth of field allowed Ibai to capture the lifeguard in sharp focus and softly blur the sea of umbrellas in the front of the frame.

Street life | AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

You may find it difficult to find a beautiful shot amongst a sea of people but there are ways to cut through the crowd by looking at what other subjects you can draw into the image. Ibai found a position above the crowd to compare the busy promenade to the calm scene above. Having found the perfect composition, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G amplified the final result. The lens aperture delivered an excellent depth of field, offering brilliant texture to the tunnel of trees with blur at the back of the image.

Abstract architecture | AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G

Shooting architecture allows you to experiment with composition and depth of field. The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G stands out for capturing depth and wide angles simultaneously, while also being effective in low light, should you shoot inside. In contrast to the thousands of typical images of the Sagrada Familia, Ibai shot the famous landmark reflected in a nearby lake. Thanks to the lens, the photograph could be mistaken for a painting - the ripples and shrubbery framing the shot.

The perfect portrait | AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

One of the joys of travel photography is telling stories through faces. Many cities have historic quarters which offer interesting backdrops for close-up portrait shots. The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona was the perfect scene to show the capabilities of the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G.
This is the ideal portrait lens, which captures extreme detail. It allows for a smooth ‘bokeh’ effect, focusing the eye of the viewer.

The ideal sunset | AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

Sunsets are beautiful, but common in photography; it can be difficult to achieve a stand out image from the millions of others. Ibai shot at an amusement park overlooking a beautiful church, the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor. He was on a fairground ride at a very high viewpoint, managing to capture both the church and the fading glow of the sunset. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G was integral to this shot, with its low light capabilities easily adapting to the changing light during the evening.

What’s in your kit bag

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED

AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

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