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HERE’S A NEW ONE: USE YOUR TELEPHOTO LENS FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS !

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BE UNIQUE !  USE YOUR TELEPHOTO LENS FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS.

 

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For some photographers, the notion of shooting a landscape with a telephoto lens is sacrilege. After all, the majority of landscape photos are taken with a wide-angle lens, and it’s probably safe to assume that most landscape photography tutorials approach their teaching as though a wide-angle lens is the best choice.

But, as is the beauty of art, the decision regarding the lens you use is wholly up to you. If you want to shoot with a wide-angle lens, that is your prerogative. It is important to note that while wide-angle lenses do indeed offer wonderful opportunities for making landscape photos, telephoto lenses offer wonderful opportunities as well.

Benefits of Using a Telephoto Lens

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One can argue that landscape photography with a telephoto lens leads to more creative and unique images, simply because fewer landscape photos are taken with a telephoto lens. You can isolate certain elements of the landscape in the frame much more easily, as was done in the image of the waterfall above. By the same token, you’re more apt to eliminate distracting elements from the scene by using a telephoto lens because of its narrower angle of view.

Another benefit of using a telephoto lens for landscapes is that it compresses the distance from foreground to background. That is, in a photo of a mountain scene, mountain peaks that appear distant in a wide-angle photo become much more prominent in a photo taken with a telephoto lens. As a result of this, landscapes take on a much different scale: rather than feeling wide and deep, they feel narrow and shallow.

Telephoto Tips

Naturally, the approach to using a telephoto lens will be different than a wide-angle lens from both a practical and compositional standpoint. Here are a few top tips for maximizing the use of your telephoto lens for landscape photography.

Have Some Support

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Blurry photos due to camera shake can be a problem with any lens, but because they are so long and heavy, it’s more of an issue with telephoto lenses. Use a tripod (or, for more maneuverability, a monopod) to give yourself the stable base you need to get sharp photos. If the situation just isn’t conducive to using a tripod or monopod, find a stable surface (i.e. a bean bag on a fencepost) to give you some support.

Alternatively, if you need to shoot handheld, bear in mind that you need a sufficiently fast shutter speed to avoid potential camera shake. A good rule of thumb is that the shutter speed must be faster than the inverse of the focal length. So, if you’re using a 300mm lens, the slowest shutter speed you should use is 1/300 seconds.

Take Measures to Reduce Camera Shake

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In addition to using some sort of support for your lens, it’s also recommended to use a remote shutter release rather than depressing the shutter button on your camera. If you’re shooting at a sufficiently slow enough shutter speed, just the act of pressing the shutter button can create enough camera shake to induce blur.

Furthermore, it’s also recommended to use the mirror lock-up function if you have a DSLR camera. Again, the action of the mirror flipping up can vibrate the camera and lens enough to degrade the sharpness of the image. By locking the mirror in place, you negate the possibility of that happening because the shutter is delayed a few seconds after the mirror is locked to allow any vibrations to subside.

Though it seems counterintuitive, the image stabilization feature on your camera or lens can actually cause camera shake when your camera is on a tripod. Any movement of the lens when mounted on a tripod will be exacerbated and result in an image that has notably less sharpness. So, if you’ve got image stabilization as an option, turn it off unless you’re holding the camera in your hands.

Choose Your Aperture Wisely

As is always recommended, keep an eye on the aperture you select when taking your photo. Remember that as the aperture extends towards the minimum or maximum values allowed by your lens that sharpness is reduced due to diffraction. As a result, keep your aperture at the lens’ sweet spot, which is traditionally in the f/8 to f/11 range. Doing so will reap the benefits of the lens’ sharpness and will help get you images that are optimally focused from foreground to background.

Isolate Interesting Features

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As noted earlier, the advantage of using a telephoto lens is that you can more easily isolate features in a landscape. For example, in the image of the forest above, a telephoto lens allowed the photographer to focus on this one small vignette in which the mist is interacting with the tree tops. The level of detail of the trees and the wispiness of the clouds makes this a much more intimate photo.

Better still, for all we know there might be a group of unattractive buildings, a highway, or some other unsightly object just outside the frame. But, because a telephoto lens allows you to discard distracting or unrelated elements, you can still create a gorgeous image, even if the larger scene isn’t all that spectacular.

When choosing elements to isolate, focus on things that add interest, depth, and drama to the shot. Leading lines, layers, textures, forms, and patterns are all excellent subject matter for a telephoto image of a landscape.

Look for Weather

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Weather-related elements are a great addition to a landscape photo no matter what the focal length of your lens. However, the impact of weather on a landscape can take on new meaning when you can get in close and frame a shot that highlights the interaction between weather events and the landscape.

Fog, mist (as seen earlier), storm clouds, and lighting are just a few examples of dramatic weather that can make for a more dynamic landscape image. In the image above, the telephoto view of the countryside is enhanced with the fingers of fog extending between each stand of trees. Note as well how there are multiple elements that increase the interest in the shot – the colors of the trees, the leading line of the path extending from the foreground to the midground, and the soft lighting coming in from the left, to name a few. Each of these elements is on full display in part because of the narrower angle of view afforded by the telephoto lens.

Focus on Lighting

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Lighting is an important feature of any quality landscape image. But because telephoto lenses compress the perceived distance between foreground and background, lighting is even more important because without direct light falling on some part of the scene, the image can be dull and fall flat.

Note that sidelighting is optimal for telephoto landscape images. As seen in the image above, the light falling on the mountain from the left side of the frame accentuates the ridgelines of its peak. This, in turn, gives the image more depth and dimension, making it a more interesting shot to view. Alternatively, imagine the same image with flat lighting from the front – it would be far less dynamic.

Final Thoughts

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Telephoto lenses aren’t cheap, to be sure, but as we’ve discussed here, there are plenty of benefits of using a telephoto lens for landscape photography. It’s simply a matter of keeping practical and compositional issues in mind such that you maximize your ability to get the best shot possible. If you don’t have a telephoto lens, rent one for a day and see about challenging yourself to see landscapes through a telephoto lens. You’ll likely find that it’s a fun activity, and one that benefits all of your landscape photos, regardless of the focal length used.

I HAVE BEEN WRITING ARTICLES ABOUT DIFFERENT WAYS TO DO LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY THAT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT THAN THE USUAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER.  I ATTENDED A CAMERA CLUB THE OTHER DAY, AND THEIR SUBJECT WAS “TAKING LANDSCAPE PICTURES WITH TELEPHOTO LENSES INSTEAD OF WIDE ANGLE LENSES”.  I NEVER THOUGHT  OF DOING THAT MYSELF.  SO SEARCHING THE INTERNET, I FOUND THIS GREAT ARTICLE FROM: PhotographyTalk.com Logo.

THE AUTHOR WAS NOT LISTED ON THE WEBSITE, BUT, I WILL CERTAINLY GIVE CREDIT TO PHOTOGRAPHY TALK FOR THIS GREAT ARTICLE, AND PHOTOS.  IT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SAID.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.

 

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NEW WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS DIFFERENT:

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THOUGHTS AND IDEAS OF HOW TO MAKE YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS DIFFERENT AND BETTER:

 

IT SEEMS THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER TODAY.  THE BEAUTY AROUND US IS SOMEWHAT EASY TO CAPTURE ONTO OUR DIGITAL FORMATS, AND IN SOME CASES, EASILY MANIPULATED TO LOOK BETTER THAN IT WAS.  SO HOW DO WE BECOME A BIT DIFFERENT THAN THE USUALY LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER?  THERE HAS TO BE SOME DIFFERENT THINGS THAT HAS GOT TO MAKE YOU STAND OUT FROM THE REST OF THE “COOKIE CUTTER” LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS.  LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME THINGS I AM SEEING BY PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT ARE UNIQUE THAT MAYBE YOU CAN TRY THAT NOT A LOT OF PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE TRYING.

FOREGROUND SUBJECTS IN YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS:

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SO MANY TIMES WE TAKE OUR SUNSET PHOTOS OR OUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS WITH THIS WIDE SWEEPING VISTAS.  IF WE START PUTTING SOMETHING IN THE FOREGROUND NOW, WE WILL ADD A SENSE OF DEPTH, OR INTEREST TO THE WHOLE PICTURE.  IT MAKES A SUNSET SEEM MORE ALIVE, A STORY TO THE LANDSCAPE NOW.

FOREGROUND 2  IT WILL ADD MORE CHARACTER TO A FOREST SCENE.  COULD WE HAVE EVER IMAGINED THAT THE FOREST IN THE BACKGROUND HAD TREES THAT LOOKED ALL BANGED UP AND MARKED UP LIKE THIS?  IT MAKES THIS PARTICULAR PHOTO THAT MUCH MORE INTERESTING.  TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR SCENERY SHOTS, AND SEE IF THERE IS SOME WAY YOU CAN ADD SOME SUBJECT INTO YOUR FOREGROUND. 

 

USE A LOW CAMERA ANGLE WHEN SHOOTING LANDSCAPES:

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Photo by Mike Boening Photography; ISO 100, f/22.0.

ANOTHER WAY OF MAKING YOUR LANDSCAPES DIFFERENT IS BY USING A LOW ANGLE TO YOUR PHOTOS.  THIS WILL ALSO ADD A VERY DIFFERENT POINT OF INTEREST TO YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS.  THINK OF THE MANY DIFFERENT STORIES YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR LANDSCAPES IF YOU DO THIS KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHY.  LANDSCAPES CAN NOW TELL STORIES, INSTEAD OF JUST BEING A PRETTY PICTURE.

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Photo by Steve Betts; ISO 100, f/14.0, 1/160-second exposure.

ALMOST IN EVERY SITUATION YOU WILL FIND MORE INTEREST IN THE PHOTO IF THERE IS SOMETHING TO SEE IN THE FOREGROUND THAN JUST SEEING THE WIDE VISTAS.  TRY THIS AND SEE IF YOU DON’T GET A FEW MORE COMMENTS THAN BEFORE.

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FRAMING YOUR LANDSCAPES:

A NATURAL FRAME IN YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS MAKES A BETTER PHOTO, THAN JUST PLAIN, ORDINARY LANDSCAPE PHOTOS.  NOW, THIS IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE, BUT, IF YOU CAN PULL THIS OFF, TRY TO FIND A NATURAL WAY TO DO THIS:

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photo by Arches National Park

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO MAKE THIS PHOTO EVEN BETTER.  LEARN TO USE A VARIETY OF WAYS TO “FRAME” YOUR LANDSCAPE SHOTS.  

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photo by Nancy <I’m gonna SNAP!

THERE ARE CREATIVE WAYS TO CREATE YOUR FOREGROUND.  I ACTUALLY KNEW A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO BROUGHT HIS OWN TREE BRANCHES IN HIS CAR SO THAT HE COULD FRAME HIS PICTURES, HE FELT IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT.  SO FIND SOMETHING, SOMEWHERE, THAT YOU CAN USE TO FRAME YOUR LANDSCAPES.  

BE AWARE OF OTHER THINGS OTHER THAN THE SCENERY:

OK, NOW I AM GETTING BEYOND WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO.  OR AM I?  REFER BACK TO MY BLOG DATED:  SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2017:  “SEEING THE IMAGE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER”.   http://123photogo.blogspot.com/2017/09/seeing-image-as-photographer.html

IN THAT ARTICLE I TALKED ABOUT WHAT TO LOOK FOR THAT MOST PHOTOGRAPHERS SEE, THAT ARE MISSED.  CHECK THIS OUT AGAIN:

Take a standard photographic debate: Do we want to have pictures of ruins without people?

OR WITH PEOPLE?

But the real question is: Of all those hundreds of people with cameras taking pictures, how many of them saw the poppies?

 
 

Developing a child-like vision can give a wonderful new perspective on life. And not only when we are taking photographs—it will help us to see more of life and the world around us.

 
 

How many times are there other things around the scenery that are missed that we could be taking pictures of?  We need to learn to see these kind of things as well.  We need to develop an eye for seeing these things around us.  Look around us and you can find things that are there that most photographers will miss.

Learn to see what others are missing.  That is your challenge.
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: 9/14/2017 : WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: 9/14/2017 :

WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL

 
With all the weather being in the news lately, it seems only fitting to remind us, that out of all the crazy weather, there has come some of the most beautiful and amazing photos from the weather.  Here are the winning photos that have come from the weather that you would surely love:
 
When you see the world through weather, #ItsAmazingOutThere.
Photo Credit: negative_tilt via Instagram

As an ominous and threatening thunderstorm moves across Thunder Basin National Grassland in Wyoming, the rain shaft reveals the most beautiful double rainbow.

 
 
When you see the world through weather, #ItsAmazingOutThere.
Photo Credit: @mikemezphoto via Instagram

Anticrepsucular rays beam through dark thunderstorm clouds and illuminate the Milky Way as lightning dances across the White Sand Dunes National Monument in New Mexico.

 
 
 
 
When you see the world through weather, #ItsAmazingOutThere!
Photo Credit: Derek Hood via Facebook

Epic capture of a roll cloud from the cockpit of plane over Lake Michigan.

 
 
When you see the world through weather, #ItsAmazingOutThere!
Photo Credit: Adam Floyd
 
Photo by:  David Mayhew Photography

 

 

 

 

The spectacular supercell timelapse taken yesterday all the meteorologists here are buzzing about. 

With the record heat broiling the plains this week, fire whirls will not be out of the question. Check out how fire whirls form here: http://wxch.nl/1myyF68 (Photo submitted by user Nicejalapeno from Chillicothe, MO to the weather.com/photos page)
 
The average American throws away the equivalent of their body weight in garbage every month. The repurposed landfills in this gallery will give you hope about the potential afterlife of your local garbage dump. http://wxch.nl/1lGklHj

Miles away from the rest of the world, see 11 homes built in seclusion: http://wxch.nl/1ndDyhj
 
Who had the worst winter? Here’s our top 10 list of major cities that suffered the most from a combination of snow and cold: http://wxch.nl/PXaik3 (Image: AP Photo)  This is a list of the winter of 2014

A hailstorm engulfs the world’s tallest building. One lucky photographer’s story and must-see video. http://wxch.nl/1kTiUot (Photo credit: Daniel Cheong)
 
INFOGRAPHIC: Is snow that rare in NYC on St. Patrick’s Day? 

 
 
After a snowstorm in the Colorado Rockies
Sydney, Australia either had one wild storm today, or the aliens from “Independence Day” are back. See more photos: http://wxch.nl/1q6gOm5

(Photo via Getty Images)

Hope you enjoyed this great collection of weather related photos.  These are some of the best as posted on :

The Weather Channel.

For more great photos and information about the weather, go to their website on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherChannel/

 
 
 

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