CS #33 - "Lenses & perspectives"

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This is a local river with a nice hair-pin turn. I shot it with my Nikon 12-24mm at several focal lengths, and then the 35mm "normal" view.

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Here's 20mm. I know many people feel that the 18-200mm zoom is the "perfect vacation lens." However, in my opinion, it's just not wide enough for cities and areas with a vast view. Looking at the difference between 20 and 12mm, I feel that only being able to go out to 18mm, you do miss a few things.
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24mm - amazing how much of the scene has disappeared
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And at 35mm, "normal", you have a very boring picture of nothing.
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I did another series in "extremes" that I'll put in a second thread.
 
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A series of extremes.....my shortest to my longest. :smile:

This is an abandoned airport near me, used to fly smaller planes here. I believe this landing strip is 2700 feet long. I stood at one end of it and photographed at 12mm, 35mm (for a "normal" view) and 430mm (300mm + 1.4TC). I may not have been standing in the *exact*same spot b/c I had to keep going to the bag and switching lenses. My assistant was not very patient with me. :tongue:

12mm, from end of runway
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430mm - that tree is "the end"
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My assistant, taking off with my gear......or, Flight E taxiing for take off! :tongue:
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O yes, definitely a terrorist.....terrorizes balls, camera gear, plastic chairs and squirrels on a regular and frequent basis. :tongue:
 
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The rain washed away my initial plan, so here's plan B. I also wanted to go to the extremes.

My shortest non-fisheye prime - 15/3.5
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And my longest - 500/4.5
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I will try to shoot something more interesting this afternoon or tomorrow if weather permits.
 
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Nikon 35-70 "Down the Canal" ....Venice in Indianapolis

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Nikon 35-70 "Waterfall at the end of the line"

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(The quality is about to take a nose-dive though :tongue: see below)
Huh?? :confused:

I only see you post that says "holder." I checked to make sure you weren't using stealth white text again.....nope. :tongue:

I think the quality of my shots is quite poor in comparison to the second two posters. Not sure how you could get lower than the airport shots. :wink:
 
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Perhaps you could've said "The subject of the shot below has a high-quality (but wet) nose" :rolleyes:

Nice job of coming up with nicely composed shots at each focal length. I especially like the close up of Monty; the reflections in his eyes are pretty cool. If the Internet had a scent protocol (as Rob jokingly suggested a few days ago), this shot would be all about doggy breath.:smile:
 
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Focal length and perspective?

We sometimes see the claim that long focal lengths compress, or exaggerate, the geometry of a scene. I have previously used this scene, shot under more interesting conditions, as a part of a greeting card, and I received comments to the effect that the humps and curves were exaggerated. Today, I went out before the rain and shot down our road with 18, 65, and 300mm focal lengths. There weren’t enough pixels to work with for the 18mm shot, but I cropped the 65mm image to contain approximately the same content as the 300mm image, and then resampled, with sharpening, to the same size. I carried both images through the same sharpening and down sampling steps to get results shown below. The exposures were slightly different:redface: , but the only physical difference that I can see is that the 65mm shot is quite soft.

P.S. This is what I see with just my old eyes too.

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Ha! If people think those are exaggerated, they oughta see some of the roads over in SE Pennsylvania, i.e. Douglassville, Phoneixville, Lancaster, etc.
 
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Shot at 70mm (70-200 f2.8 VR)

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And shot at 200 mm

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Hey Paul -

My intent was similar to yours, I think, but it was far too windy to realize it. Monty is an awesome subject for any shoot!

I went to the zoo instead and got a handful of keepers, and also tried to do a couple for the group shoot (not keepers - LOL!).

In this pair, I tried to have about the same frame fill and elements with a 300 mm lens at f/4 (from farther away) and from a 90 mm lens at f/4 as I moved closer to the subject:

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I didn't try to maintain the angle of view accurately since it was so windy in any case - these are more of a free will offering, rather than a contribution.

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