Breaking an old Habit.

My usual practice in shooting landscapes, or perhaps in this case, “seascapes”, is to click a wide angle lens on the camera, framed it up and shoot.  I have several wide angles I lug around in my bag: a 24mm prime, a 18-35mm and a 24-120mm and a 12-20mm I use on my small sensor DSLR.  In Nikon-eese  DX.  I had decided to break out of that habit on this particular trek to the ocean and use my 70 to 300mm lens.  I was leery of this radical departure from my comfort zone,  but I swallowed my reticence and pushed ahead.  The above shot taken perhaps five minutes before actual sunrise was shot at 70mm.  It’s among my favorites from that morning.  Then I cranked the lens all the way out to 300mm and went trolling over the waves at periscope depth, and there it was: a small coastal trawler with its outriggers deployed getting an early start on the days catch.

A more powerful telephoto, a 400mm, or one of the new 150 to 600 zooms would no doubt have gotten me closer, but I like this view with the small trawler alone on the horizon.  I was right pleased with myself.  Proof perhaps that even an ancient shooter like me can learn to break out of old habits.  Thanks for the visit.  See you next time.

Touch The Clouds


I am an unabashed cloud nut.  I find them incredibly photogenic.   When I saw this bank of puffy whites rolling in off the ocean over Twilight Field,  I grabbed the camera, wide angle lens, and circular polarizer and made a dash to the wide open spaces.  The combination of distance, wide angle and the contrast emphasized by the polarizer give the illusion of them being so low, you feel as though you could stick your head above them.   The effect is even more pronounced when they are overhead.

It’s almost dreamlike watching them roll silently above….even without the polarizer and wide angle.

See you next time on most of this same blog.