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Old 07-08-2010, 12:15 AM
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Challenge Yourself: Wide Angle Shots

While reading an article over at Digital Photography school on amazing wide angle images, I kept finding myself looking over my shoulder, and wondering, who me?

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Many digital photographers get a little obsessed by the ability that their zoom lenses give them to get in nice and close to their subjects. While there’s a lot to be said for the power of zoom lenses (in fact many manufacturers are developing cameras with bigger and bigger lenses like the 20x optical zoom on the Olympus SP-570 that was announced this week) photographers who exclusively shoot at the longer focal lengths that their camera and lens offer could be missing out on some wonderful perspectives and framings. Read more: http://digital-photography-school.co...#ixzz0t4PYvqLu
Yeah me . . .

I have a horrible habit of shooting almost exclusively with my longer lens, (75-300mm) usually at or near the longest possible focal length. For me, it is almost like shooting with blinders on. I see only what is directly in front of me, my full focus on one thing I want to capture.

Now and then I may grab a shorter lens, either my 18 mm - 55 mm or the Nifty Fifty, but quite honestly, this only tends to happen when I can't back up far enough for the shot I am trying to get. Yeah, I have been pretty much stuck in a rut. It's that moment when you realize, all your pictures are starting to look the same, no matter what subject you are photographing.

It was past time to challenge myself to find that magic I am always trying to capture, but without the security blanket of my long lens.

Starting this challenge in downtown San Antonio probably was not the smartest decision for me. (Can you say 100% country girl?)

As you may know, I am simply not a fan of any city.



I tend to see everything around me (in the city) pretty dark.



A world filled with black and white . . .



And harsh shades of grey.



Instinctively, I begin searching for the sky, to quell the overwhelming feeling of too much noise and activity all around me.



I search for nature and life.



And suddenly it dawns on me. Just because I am using a wide angle lens, it doesn't mean I cannot close in on the subject directly in front of me.

True, I can't lurk around the corner and zoom in on ya from a zillion yards away. I have to be almost right in your face when I am shooting.



If I get desperate though, I can always crop the image and still have the cool wide angle effect.

Of course my results will never come anywhere close to those 17 Amazing Wide Angle Images you saw in the referenced article earlier in this post, but I am feeling pretty confident that I am at least headed the right direction.

Now it's your turn . . .

No excuses either. I am willing to bet (almost) that even your cell phone camera offers a choice of a wider angle. You may have to search for it, but it might very well be there.

Challenge yourself to getting some wide angle shots and then come back to this thread and show us what ya got.

Whatcha waiting for?

Get out there and start shooting!
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:26 AM
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Does this one count?

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Old 07-08-2010, 12:32 PM
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Of course! Now go take some more that you can share with us!
 
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:38 PM
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so what exactly counts as a wide angle? We just need to take a picture without zooming? Does it require special lenses that can provide wider shots? I'm a bit confused...

btw: i should get my camera back hopefully this weekend and start posting pictures! I still have the random shots in the camera....
 
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Yup, basically no zooming if ya don't have a different lens. If you read the comments on the article I posted, they do an awesome job answering what wide angle is.
 
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I read the article but not the comments - I'll go have a look.
 
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:36 PM
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I actually learned quite a bit from the comments, so it is well worth the read.
 
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:19 PM
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it is intersting indeed.
funny how something can be taken up very close but still wide angle....
 
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I was watching the news and they had about a minute segment about crickets invading San Antonio. They said they had to vacuum up about 30,000 of them. They will be gone in about a month. I just thought I had to post that here, since you, Cricket, went to San Antonio.
 
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I was watching the news and they had about a minute segment about crickets invading San Antonio. They said they had to vacuum up about 30,000 of them. They will be gone in about a month. I just thought I had to post that here, since you, Cricket, went to San Antonio.
I think I saw 30,000 of them outside my window last night.
 
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:13 PM
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It must have been very loud! I would have gone out to take pictures. I love taking pics of bugs.

I just think it's funny that it made it's way up to Rhode Island. I never watch the 5pm news. I was just watching it to get the weather report for tomorrow.
 
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Burley Tobacco Field in Bloom

Here is one I took today. I am not 100% pleased with it. I need to work on my depth of field setting with the digital camera. It was shot at the 18mm setting which is a low as I go. Other than cropping it is the raw image.

This one is poignant for me as it may be the last time tobacco is grown in that field. It may be growing houses next year.

The second image is a close up crop for those who may be more curious about what a tobacco plant looks like. The blooms are never allowed to develop. A crew of men will walk the rows cutting or breaking off the top 6" of the plant in the next week or so. That allows the plants energy to go into developing wider bigger leaves which is the part that gets smoked.
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Y'all are gonna make me beg for more wide angle shots, aint ya?
 
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I will give it a go.. it is not technically a wide angle shot if you are a purist. But, it is a wide angle panoramic! I am not impressed with this photo much at all, it was more of a proof of concept for me. I had never created such a large panoramic before. The photo's were taken from about the fourteenth floor of the hotel we were staying at in Chicago a few weeks back for a conference up there. I apologize in advance that you have to click a link to view, but it is way too big to post on a normal photo sharing site. Oh, and while you are there, zoom in on the picture and move it around. Pretty neat!

http://gigapan.org/gigapans/54454/
 
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Lots of depth and drama in that shot! Very nice!
 
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I would love to see more wide angle shots!
 
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I know I'm not very good, but this is fun.
 
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Forgot text...

I was thinking about this thread when I took this.
The point of 'not knowing what you're missing' when zooming.

This is obviously resized, but there is a Hawk to the right, and I kind of like the reflection of the tree, my worker, and the clouds.

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