I am testing a new format here on the blog, instead of just writing down what happened in the episode I thought I would talk a bit more about the pictures.
Lets start with picture number 1 the panorama. What I thought to do was to bring the horizon and the clouds closer. Since they were both quite far away I decided to use a telephoto lens when capturing this picture. More specific the Tamron 70-300 mm VC at 240 mm. It worked out quite well and I think the composition is actually rather good. However seeing as I do not have any filter for this lens (yet) I could not make the water smoother. I think this is the main reason for this picture not being better. I really do not like to increase the contrast when there are harsh edges in the water. So I had to make it flatter than I initially wanted. Making the image a lot more uninteresting than I had first hoped it would be.
Picture number 2 & 3 are both using the same concept. The las sunlight was coming out just above the tree-line. Picture 2 is getting side light and picture 3 is back lit. In essence I was trying to capture the tree-line contrasting with the sunlight.
Picture number 4 is the hero image of this session. Here I ditched the 70-300 mm in favor for my favorite, Nikon's 16-35 mm VR at 35 mm. I think that it worked in my favor as I got a bit more of the foreground in the picture. Giving the whole picture more depth and a better anchor point with relation to the background. I must confess that I really do prefer the perspective of a wide angle lens compared to the compression of a telephoto lens.
Picture number 5 was a try to go even wider, but as I said in the video the clouds are just getting to small at 16 mm. Even though the foreground is actually looking better at 16 mm. Which is in agreement with what I have found. Wide angles rule when the foreground is awesome. If there is no foreground or the background is more interesting, use a telephoto lens.