#beinspiredby: My Favourite Focal Length | Top 5

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Last week saw another non-subject based #beinspiredby theme on the Wild eye Facebook page in which we asked you to share Your Favourite Focal Length.

I sometimes think that people don’t give enough thought to the lenses they choose and the look and feel that lens will give to your images.  Knowing this and using it when you head out into the field is another incredibly effective compositional tool which you can use to create stronger images and it was awesome to see the images that were shared and the info you all shares along with your images.

So here goes with my selection for this week’s images along with what the various photographers had to say about their favourite focal length.

Once you are finished looking through these do yourself a favour and head over to the Wild Eye Facebook page to see more images and info that was shared during the weekend.

It’s worth it!

#beinspiredby:  My Favourite Focal Length  |  Top 5

Heinrich Neumeyer

Heinrich Neumeyer     |     Facebook page

Heinrich said:  “Just love my little “nifty fifty” Canon EF 50mm lens and the moment it is my favourite focal length.

For a small lens it really packs a crisp punch and it opens up the whole scene so beautifully. Especially enjoy it on landscapes and scenes such as these Cosmos.”

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Matt McKean

Matt McKean     |     Facebook Page

Matt said:  “I like long focal length, why because it removes me from the subject, it pushes me further away, it also creates intimacy. The Canon 200-400 1.4tc is perfect for this, 560mm gives me options to play with but is yet manageable in the field.

The ability to have a lens that covers a wide spectrum of possibilities is perfect, it may seem costly but the cost of a 500 prime plus an additional 70-200 2.8 is the same overall and its all built into a single object.

Image taken yesterday at a colony of Gannets, seconds later i pulled back to 200mm and was able to take birds in flight all without missing an opportunity.”

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Andy Lowe

Andy Lowe   |   Facebook Page

Andy said: “Wow, this is a tough one!  I think when it comes to capturing wildlife, there’s always room to get that little bit closer, and just a little bit faster. For me though, my Nikon 400mm f/2.8 VRII does an awesome job every time. It does so well at sucking in all that light and allowing me to capture really sharp images.

I definitely agree with Marlon on 400mm. I love the soft effect backgrounds you get with the 400mm. It is great for removing background clutter from your image.

This was shot wide open at 2.8 – maybe too much of definite DOF line, but i like what it does behind the pangolin.”

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Willem Kruger

Willem Kruger     |     Facebook Page

Willem said:  “Wildlife photography for me = Nikkor 600mmf4 lens.

Why?  Excellent depth of field not only at f4 but also at f8 & f11 depending on several factors. Only a 600mmf4 lens can produce such an image of a tree squirrel with background and foreground blurred to perfection with subject pin sharp.

Shot at f4 and I was 12 meters from tree squirrel was in a ditch with ground in front and behind him. Just its head appeared above the ground.”

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Johan Van Zyl

Johan van Zyl     |     Facebook Page

Johan said:  “I just recently purchased the Canon 300mm 2.8 and absolutely LOVE this lens. In most reserves where off road driving is permitted, I feel that you get close enough and that you don’t always need the massive lenses.

I am also shooting with the Canon 5D MarkIII and with all the new focal points, I feel one can easily compose your image even with a fixed focal length.”

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Thanks to everybody who submitted images last week.

Apart from the great images it’s really cool to see people share more about their images.  More info, what gear they used and what made them take the picture.

That is what sharing is all about and that is how we are going to learn!

Make sure to stay tuned to the Wild Eye Facebook page for more updates and this week’s theme.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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