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!