T H E ( A L M O S T ) W E E K L Y P H O T O G R A P H
4 July 2016
Telephoto Landscapes (In Bhutan)
Trongsa ridgeline, Bhutan. 200mm lens, 1/1250 second @ f4, ISO 100
Photographers often ask what's the best lens to shoot landscapes with and the obvious answer is a wide-angle lens because 'you can fit it all in'. However, what happens when we use wide-angles? Everything is reduced in size and so those magnificent mountains in the distance become small and insignificant between a huge sky and an expansive foreground. Is this what you saw and felt when you were standing there with your camera?
The panorama landscape is generally shot with a wide-angle lens, but the format crops off unwanted sky and foreground so the eye can focus in on the more important part of the landscape. The way we create panoramas with digital equipment is to crop the image, or possibly stitch a series of images together. The resulting composition is the same and, often, an improved landscape.
However, if wide-angles are (sometimes) making our landscape subjects look insignificant, is there another way? Sometimes a telephoto lens will produce a better result. Note, a telephoto will struggle to give you a sense of wide open spaces, but it can certainly help you create mood and atmosphere.
I've chosen some telephoto landscapes shot in Bhutan for this week's newsletter - and if you're interested in visiting Bhutan later this year with David Oliver and me, we'd love to have you along. Click the Read More link to see another couple of telephoto landscapes and to read why you should visit Bhutan this year - before it changes even more!