Day 149 – Shooting Wide

Back home and I was challenge in one of the facebook groups I am in to have a go with a zoom lens and shoot as wide as possible and see what the result of those images are. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to try, so on a dog walk out to Hurst Castle I thought about keeping my lens as wide as possible. I had one or two problems, the first being my photo buddies – they kept getting into shot making the composition harder especially as due to the birds one had to be kept on the lead.

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F6.3, 1/1000 sec

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F6.3, 1/1000 sec

To show you the range of the lens, this is the same lens fully zoomed and cropped in. The shallower depth of field is much more distinctive in this shot.

ISO 100, 250mm zoom, F6.3, 1/1400 sec

ISO 100, 250mm zoom, F6.3, 1/1400 sec

I cropped this image top and bottom to make a stronger composition … it is quite interesting how much can be included in the shot when you go wide… and you have to make sure there nothing is bring cut out on the edges.

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F11, 1/640 sec

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F11, 1/640 sec

This next image shows just how important composition is – the bridge stops you looking at the amazing background. I also notice in processing that my 18-250mm lens had crept forward … it is not uncommon in zoom lens… and it is something that I am aware happens, but I had not realised it had during today’s practice.

ISO 100, 21mm zoom, F11, 1/200 sec

ISO 100, 21mm zoom, F11, 1/200 sec

With the camera wide, it was important to consider the lines that draw you into the image, the placement of the horizon and foreground interest. This shot (below) was not strong enough.

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F11, 1/250 sec

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F11, 1/250 sec

Moving closer and moving down – I felt I got a much stronger composition.

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F11, 1/250 sec

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F11, 1/250 sec

Another wide angle shot, and once again my photo buddy has crept into shot… now if he turned round and faced to camera he would have made a good foreground subject 🙂

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F11, 1/200 sec

ISO 100, 18mm zoom, F11, 1/200 sec

Got Sparky back and got the shot… though I did not notice the lens had crept … and I was no longer shooting fully wide.

ISO 100, 35mm zoom, F11, 1/125 sec

ISO 100, 35mm zoom, F11, 1/125 sec

From exactly the same location, I shot this photo of the lighthouse… this photo was also shot wide – but with a lens with a bigger zoom – my 150-500 sigma lens.  I love the detail that has been brought out in the compressed grass layers, and because of the distance covered, this kind of shot of Hurst Castle Lighthouse with the Isle of Wight behind is only possible on a clear day.

ISO 100, 150mm zoom, F11, 1/250 sec

ISO 100, 150mm zoom, F11, 1/250 sec

My final shot is a large panoramic image – this was shot with my camera in the portrait position, on my 150-500mm lens, with the camera resting on a monopod so I could keep the height the same – so all the images were taken wide and then joined together and cropped.

150mm zoom of 150-500 mm lens, several photos merged together

150mm zoom of 150-500 mm lens, several photos merged together