The Walk of the Lambs

This is one of my personal favourite images that I’ve shot in the last couple of years. It’s not one that i’d expect to do very well on a social media basis – perhaps you ‘had to be there’ to get this one, and luckily for me, I was..

I’d been out on an early shoot over near Alfriston in East Sussex, and there was a brilliant mist that day. As I drove back home past Glyndebourne, I saw this scene out of the corner of my eye – at first the mist in the background attracted me, but as I jumped out of the car, the sheep and lambs began to head across the field below – it was such a nice moment to watch, and capture. Glad I had a longer lens with me that day.

On that note, landscape shooting with a longer focal length zoom can be a real joy. I have a Tamron 70-200 2.8, which is a great lens – the combination with the D810 is exceptional, and I also use it regularly with a D7100 DX body, which gives me a focal length of 105-300 – great for those scenes where i’m a good distance away. I find  the images a bit softer on the D7100, as expected, but still perfectly usable if I can keep the ISO reasonable. Mostly, I shoot off a tripod anyway – it helps to limit the frustration of less than sharp shots.

Landscapes are not all about wide angles for me, I enjoy catching more intimate scenes, and a long zoom can be very handy in making better choices about ‘what to leave in the shot’ – on of those valuable composition techniques that  i’ve found out about as my experience with a camera moves on a little. If your wide angle shooting is not yielding the right results at a particular location, it may be time it dig out that telephoto, and give it a whirl – your might find yourself pleasantly surprised!

A country scene misty scene from Sussex shot by photographer Mark Price

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