When You Can’t Be With the Lens You Love, Love the Lens You’re With

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We went to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta, California, but the sun did not cooperate. So we walked down to the beach. There, with naught but my 105 f/2.8 micro-nikkor, I made a few photos. Compositionally, these surpass everything I’ve shot with my “birding” lens recently. And zooming with my feet really got me involved in the process.

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It’s hard to get head and shoulders above the horizon when the head and shoulders are so far apart.

 

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We did see some butterflies.

We did see some butterflies. Go ahead, click to enlarge.

Feeling jubilant, I went a little nuts with the post-processing. But if I learned anything from Congress this year, it’s that rules are for suckers.

I grabbed this with my regular birding rig yesterday, and I like it just fine, but I shot hundreds of frames to get two or three keepers. Today, with a comparatively short, fixed-focal length lens, I find myself struggling to edit the dozens of interesting captures, because I had to think more about composition while shooting. Another lesson I have to keep re-learning.

I grabbed this with my regular birding rig yesterday (70-200 f/2.8 with TC17eII teleconverter), and I like it just fine, but I shot hundreds of frames to get two or three keepers. Today, having shot with a comparatively short, fixed-focal length lens, I find myself struggling to edit dozens of interesting captures, because I thought more about composition while shooting. Another lesson I have to keep re-learning.

All in all, not a bad end to a rough year. Once again, I might start the year with some deprivation exercises. You know: One lens, one body, one color...

All in all, not a bad end to a rough year. Once again, I might start the new year with some deprivation exercises. You know: One lens, one body, one color…

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Filed under Camera Gear, Composition, Nature Photography

2 responses to “When You Can’t Be With the Lens You Love, Love the Lens You’re With

  1. Myrna Cambianica

    you out did yourself … wonderful images!

  2. Mike Kichaven

    Is that anything like “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer”? On the serious side, you’re making some wonderful images. Bravo!

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