|Spofford Lake Outlet|
|Storm's Prelude, Spofford Lake|
|Wide Angle Fern|
The 24-105mm covers an amazing range of possibilities, but at times I like to force myself to see differently, and will use my 100mm fixed macro lens. I love the sharpness of this lens and enjoy the opportunity to focus closely on the detail of the flowers and foliage along my route. It is remarkable how restricting your view to a different focal length range can change your way of seeing, and open whole new opportunities.
Although my 100mm is the lens I use most commonly to “break away” from my usual point of view, I have other interesting options. Of all my lenses, I believe that it is my 16-35mm wide angle that I use the least. It is a great lens and I’m not sure why it gets so little love. Perhaps the reason is that it overlaps the wide end of my 24-105 lens and often 24mm seems wide enough for most purposes. Of course there is also the fact I get lazy about switching lenses and accept 24mm when 16mm might reveal more impact. When out shooting with my small shoulder bag, I can only carry one additional lens and, depending on my plans, that usually means that I will add my 100-400mm or the macro. I need a Sherpa to carry all of my glass!
This week I decided it was time to give the 16-35mm a chance. The thing cost enough! I should use it or dump it on eBay. So I went out on a single lens walk around, exploring my usual Spofford loop, but with my eyes switched to take advantage of the special advantages of a wider point of view
Wide Angle Love
What special capabilities does a wide angle lens provide. First and
|Wide Angle Distortion|
When I am shooting with a wide angle I am more likely to turn the camera on its side and capture strong foregrounds. A key advantage of a wide angle lens is that it has a substantially wider depth of field. It is an inescapable rule of optics that, when compared to longer glass, wider lenses have a smaller apertures for any f-stop, and therefore have a greater depth of field. This makes them great for capturing sharp detail in foreground elements of an image. Compared to my 100mm macro I can get greater depth in the flowers while the background falls off in the distance. A key part of getting the most from a wide angle lens to find something of interest to place very close.
|Over-Correction of Perspective|
Photoshop can help reduce this affect, but software has its limits. The tools work by pulling the converging lines apart and when taken to extremes this can cause a distortion in the detail of the image. Trees can appear to expand as they reach upward.
|Whiskey Barrel Flowers|
I had a lovely walk and I think I will keep my wide glass. It is just one part of using the camera to extend our vision.