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Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:45 am
by abby
Wow Tim. That's a fantastic photo. I love this perspective of the church steeple surrounded by color with snow on the distant mountains. ( looks like Franconia NH) Am I correct? I've really enjoyed this thread and seeing your pics of the NEK throughout this season. Kudos to you once again for some wonderful photography.
Carol

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:52 am
by From_the_NEK
Thanks everyone :)
Carol, you are correct that is Franconia Ridge (peaks of Lafayette and Lincoln).

I had first captured the classic view of the barn, church, cows and mountains view. But the Presidential Range (Mt Washington) was still mostly obscured by clouds.

ImagePeacham at Sunset by Tim_NEK, on Flickr

So I picked up my tripod with camera and big lens still attached and sprinted to the far end of the slushy snow covered field just in time to catch the scene with the last moments of alpine-glow on the Franconia range.

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:48 am
by Kerry29
I've long stated my belief that telephoto lenses are badly underused in scenic photography. I really like what you did here, Tim. Kudos.

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:53 pm
by markm
Outstanding photos in this whole thread! Thanks for sharing.

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:14 pm
by From_the_NEK
Kerry29 wrote:I've long stated my belief that telephoto lenses are badly underused in scenic photography. I really like what you did here, Tim. Kudos.


Thanks Kerry. I use my 70-200 A LOT in my landscape photography. I like how it can compress distances between objects.
Additionally I like to isolate smaller portions of the broader landscape as your eyes would if you focused on that one thing (e.g. the church in Peacham).

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:09 pm
by Kerry29
From_the_NEK wrote:Thanks Kerry. I use my 70-200 A LOT in my landscape photography. I like how it can compress distances between objects.
Additionally I like to isolate smaller portions of the broader landscape as your eyes would if you focused on that one thing (e.g. the church in Peacham).


I think you and I are relative outliers in this regard, Tim. The number of people I've met over the years who are of the mind that a telephoto lens is of no value when it comes to landscape photography is legion. Truth is I use an 80-400 mm lens (Nikon's version, if you will, of the Canon 100-400) because I not infrequently feel that 200 mm isn't nearly long enough.

Here's a blog piece I wrote more than five years ago on the subject:

https://lightscapesphotography.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/counterpoint-telephoto-landscapes-in-wide-open-locales/

And here's what amounts to the flip side, from last month:

https://lightscapesphotography.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/on-foregrounds/

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:45 pm
by Utah Baker
NEK, that is one of the most beautiful Sunday Sermons ever given without speaking a word. Gorgeous shot! And Kerry, thanks for the tutorial, as a newbie, I love reading this stuff.

Got home last night hope to get some time to get to my photos this weekend. Thanks to all for sharing their talents and knowledge.

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:46 am
by From_the_NEK
Kerry, your blog has a perfect explanation to my approach. Thank you for putting that into words.

Here is an example from last year of a wide angle vs a telephoto shot of the same location.

Wide Angle:
ImageSutton_Snowliage_Pano_2015 by Tim_NEK, on Flickr

Telephoto (70mm cropped in to something closer to 120mm) of the scene from a slightly different angle focusing on the farm on the far left of the panoramic:
ImageSnowliage Scene by Tim_NEK, on Flickr

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:58 am
by Kerry29
Tim, that's an excellent visual illustration of the point. And imagine if the perspective shown in the panorama was a wide angle with a traditional (in 35 mm terms) 3:2 frame.

Not incidentally...man, did you ever catch some terrific conditions in that telephoto shot, between the snow, the color and the LIGHT. That's a wall-hanger for sure.

Re: St Johnsbury Area Updates

Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:00 pm
by From_the_NEK
Thanks Kerry. The light that morning was unreal. The sun came up over the mountain ridge to the east and the leaf color exploded against the snow.

Update:
Testing out a new lens that arrived this morning.

I found a nice little grove of Poplar, Beech, and Oak.

ImageLooking Up by Tim_NEK, on Flickr

ImageForest by Tim_NEK, on Flickr