Monday, December 9, 2013
Most people think of shooting a scenic as a grand landscape
Most people think of shooting a scenic as a grand landscape. Many photographers from urban areas escape the city to photograph the huge areas of the west. There are a lot of gorgeous landscapes that are made in Montana whose state motto is Big Sky Country. There's a developing theme to these italicized words. Grand, huge, big—with these words in mind, I offer to you to get out the "Big Glass" to photograph landscapes. I realize it goes against the norm to capture a scenic with a wide angle, but just because everyone else does it, it doesn't make it gospel. I'm sure you've heard the following words from your parents—'If everyone else was jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you?' So, stay dry and strap a long lens on your camera and go out and make some scenics. To meet the guideline, the focal range for which this article is geared is 200mm and above.
Isolate: Look for the photo within a photo. Somewhere within almost every scene lies another. Use a telephoto and glass the environment to find these hidden gems. With telephoto landscapes the saying, less is more, certainly holds true. The same rules for composition, light and balance apply, so don't overlook them just because you zero into a portion of the overall scene. In actuality, scenes photographed with telephotos have an advantage as the clutter that may exist in a wide-angle photo can be eliminated. In each of the accompanying images, I used a long lens to make the shot. By no means do they depict the iconic image of each location, but each stands alone on its own merit. The next time you journey out to make grand scenics, bring along the long zoom. You'll be surprised with what you may capture.
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