Our challenge this week on Who We Become was to use a specialty lens for an unusual purpose. I dusted off my 70-300 telephoto, which I don’t use often at all, much less for landscape photography, and took photos from the deck of our friends’ house in the Atlantic Highlands, high above Sandy Hook Bay. This picture, taken at 300mm, compresses space tremendously. The officers’ houses and lighthouse on Sandy Hook are several miles across the bay, and look almost like a row of toys. The more distant shore is Brooklyn, many times further away but brought close by the long lens.
And a few more of the Atlantic Highlands Harbor, iced up in our current cold snap.
This week’s challenge on Who We Become was to find a non-traditional use for a wide-angle lens. In this close up taken at 24mm, the wide angle distorts the purple cup in the foreground. L is grappling with Celsius in her third grade science class. We got out the kitchen thermometer and switched back and forth between F and C to compare temperatures of hot, cold and warm water.
A memory of summer in this dreary winter week — photos taken in August of budding geraniums at my parents’ house. See our group’s Week 15 collection at Who We Become.
It is a new year, a new month, and a new topic on Who We Become. For the first two months of 2014 we will be spotlighting Perspective, with four weeks examining how choice of lens can alter viewpoint, and the second four focusing more on the camera and photographer.
Most everything in photography is a compromise, choices in which each of the options carries specific consequences. Our perspective results from how we make those choices – not simply the story we tell, but how we decide to tell it. Wide angle lenses allow our camera to see wider than the eye can, and therefore allow us to include a great deal of environment along with our subject.
After the first big snow of 2014, we went to our corner park for some snow play. But the wind and sub-freezing temps sent us back inside quickly.
And a little preview of next week’s topic: close-up/isolation (although these were not telephoto, just extreme close up at the wide end of my 24-70–I’ll be breaking out the longer stuff next week)