I’ve been using my telephoto zoom lens a lot lately. That and my macro lens are kind of my comfort zone. Which reminds me that I should try the extender on the telephoto… It might enable me to get some serious close ups. Anyway. I decided to switch it up last week and use my wide angle zoom lens instead. I struggle with it. It’s a good lens, don’t get me wrong. And the focal distance is quite short so I can actually very close to my subject.
And I love the depth in wide angle pictures. Telephoto flattens the distance so everything is closer but wide angle makes everything look further.
What I notice with all these pictures though is that they’re portraits, more or less. Not people portraits but you know. Pictures with one main focus. Not landscapes. And that’s what the wide angle is mostly for, right? Getting a wide shot so you can see more of the landscape. And I do use it to get wide shots. In portrait orientation…
(Trees fascinate me with the way they twist and branch off, like fractals. The wide angle was essential to capture it. I tried over and over with the telephoto and never liked a single picture. And here, first try, perfect!)
And when I do try to get a landscape in landscape orientation, I’m generally meh about it in the end. I’ll love it as a thumbnail but find it lacking when it’s bigger.
And of course, the week I have the wide angle zoom on is obviously going to be the week I see:
1. a white squirrel
2. a new to me bird, just sitting there on the water
3. a turtle slowing emerging from the water.