Monday, July 11, 2011

Wide Angles

DSC_2195 by Andrew de Souza
DSC_2195, a photo by Andrew de Souza on Flickr.

What do you see when you look at this picture?

It's hard to describe and certainly hard to capture on a camera.

What you'll see is that you're right on top of the water and that the view captures the detail right up to the bottom of the frame.

What's going on is that I'm using a wide angle lens. I've got a Nikon 10-24mm lens which is the widest lens you can get on a non-full frame camera.

So what's the deal?

Well most people want wider lenses to "get more in," or to zoom out more, you know, get more scenery, get a larger group, that kind of thing. And to be honest, it works to that end.

But that is not what they are for. A wide angle lens is about distorting near-far relationships and pulling the viewer right into the image.

In this picture, I was sitting on a rock, holding the camera a few inches above the water.

You can't tell it's that close in the photo but because it was when I took the picture it let's you feel like you're on the water and let's you see that detail.

If you don't quite get it, try taking a similar photo and see how it turns out.

If you don't want to do that, or just don't care, well, just enjoy!


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