Friday, March 23, 2012

camera button friday: there is no right lens

We are having amazing weather here in the Midwest (almost 10 days in a row of record high is in the 80's when it normally is below freezing!) therefore, a great excuse to revisit Parfrey's Glen.  This is one of the places I have told myself I should re-visit all year long, both because it will look very different in the seasons (here in the snow) as well as I feel I need to challenge myself to see it in a different light. (pun intended)  

So to challenge myself, I intentionally took the "wrong" lens - a wide angle.

"Naturally," you say, "it looks amazing." But, in practice, it is really tough.  The scene is very cluttered, super unorganized, and just doesn't make this image below, which represents most of the images I came home with.  BAD!!!!!!

The photo made sense in my head...just not in camera.

A telephoto lens would yield more images because (once you get over the grandness) this is a place for capturing details.  So at first, I even resorted to using the wide angle like a detail lens by getting really close. 

Any exercise like this that limits you, is always disappointing in the beginning.  It was only after I learned to see past the obvious, and really LOOK at a scene to find the images, that it started to get fun.  This takes time, and an imagination....oh, and work.

A wide angle was the perfect tool for some shots, this last shot (and the first) couldn't have been done without the wide angle...but they really took a lot of work to get, not just the climbing (or the crouching for the first shot) and jockeying my eye-line, but a bit of 'seeing' the shot before it was captured because otherwise I would not have looked so hard for it. There are several images before and after these that didn't work.

Butr there were so many other shots that the wide angle was not the right tool for.  At first I was distracted by those "missed opportunities." I am sure that if I would have taken "all the right lenses for this subject" I would have missed several of the shots I did get.  But, I would not have worked as hard to make the images above.  I would have been distracted by all the possibilities and switched lenses to get the next shot in front of me.  The funny thing (and a little ironic) is that before I went I was debating doing this exercise because I was unsure what images I would "miss" by not having the "right lens."

I guess I "missed" shots either way.

For all you that really need to know, I used a Nikon 17-35mm of an FX body (full frame) but a 12-24mm on a DX body (or a Canon 1.6x croped body) would have yielded the same results.


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