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© Ken Hubbard

Ken Hubbard spends much of the year on the road as Tamron's Field Services Manager, roaming the country, leading photo workshops, and carving out some free time to hone his own photography. Recently added to his lens lineup: the Tamron SP 35mm VC prime, a fixed-focal-length lens in Tamron's enhanced SP Series that allows him to capture the landscape, macro, and people photos he's drawn to.

"Since the majority of my images are landscapes, I need a lens that's incredibly sharp to show all of the details in the smallest of subjects," he says. "The Tamron 35mm is that lens. Whether it's tiny leaves on foreground bushes shining in the early morning light, or the San Francisco skyline silhouetted by the rising sun, every element in my images is perfectly sharp with the 35mm."

Using a prime lens like the 35mm for landscapes also keeps Ken constantly on the move. "With a prime lens, I don't have the luxury of a zoom and its ability to crop while I stand in the same place," he explains. "I need to move around much more to find the perfect composition. But this is actually a benefit: It helps keep my mind constantly thinking about the subject in front of me and how I'd like to set up the composition to create the best image possible."

His macro work has also benefited from his use of the 35mm. "With its 2.5 magnification, this lens has opened up a new way of looking at tiny subjects for me," he says. "I'm able to get amazingly close to the subject—7.9 inches to be exact—and it's very easy to create an extremely soft background blur. Plus, with its F/1.8 maximum aperture, I'm able to create some really stunning bokeh as well."

Finally, photojournalistic portraiture and candids occasionally sneak into Ken's portfolio when he has the chance to photograph the people he meets during his travels. "Since I head all over the US for work, I run into so many interesting people," he says. "That's sparked my interest to document them much more than I usually do. I often convert these types of images to black and white because I don't want the distraction of color to take away from the focus on my subjects. The 35mm lens allows me to get more of the environment into my people photos for context and to tell a story."