Long Lens Landscapes
Updated: Aug 19
The landscape photographers natural first choice is the wide angle lens and with good reason, they can capture beautiful sweeping vistas with big skies, and a wide range of interest, But are you missing out ?
Why use a telephoto lens for landscapes ?
After many years of shooting almost exclusively seascapes and coastal photography I had a bit of a life changing event, I got a puppy who just happens to be my absolute world.
He goes everywhere with me but an awful lot of the venues I photograph are quite dangerous, high cliffs, very angry seas and a lot of hidden dangers of which I'm pretty wise too now.
My puppy however is not, he's super excitable and wants to go everywhere at 100 miles per hour and get into as much mischief as possible !
Put this together with dangerous locations and it's a recipe for disaster and even if I have him on a lead I just wouldn't risk taking him to these places.
I was left with a choice, leave him at home and go and enjoy my photography or change where I shoot and take him with me, puppy eyes gave me the answer to that one !
So being a responsible dog owner and understanding I had made a commitment to put him first my photography had to change so I started shooting inland so he could come with me on every trip.
Which Lens for landscape photography ?
It quickly became apparent that my normal approach of shooting with my 16-35mm lens just wasn't working well for me inland, I mean I was getting some reasonable shots but I felt I was missing more than I should.
The trusty 70-200mm lens was quickly retrieved from the bag and a whole new world was before me.
The landscapes were quickly becoming far more interesting as I was focusing on individual areas and pulling out detail and I was buzzing, it had opened up a whole new world to me and I was really excited about my photography for the first time in a good while.