I could not resist photographing this bison enjoying the soothing, relaxing heat of a small geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park. This is when a long telephoto is your best friend! A Nikon 500mm Phase Fresnel lens (a super sharp, lightweight lens that you can handhold all day) gave me the reach I needed, while not disrupting his spa time. I prefer not to disturb wildlife in their natural setting. I am after authentic photographs that depict a natural moment.
I loved the tranquil feel of this scene captured during the blue hour. It was a wonderful way to wind down after an active day of chasing the sweet light in the Slovenian countryside.
After shooting with the Nikon 500mm f5.6 Phase Fresnel lens every day for over a week, two words come to mind, simply outstanding! This ultralight lens (only 3.2 pounds) is a joy to tote around shooting handheld all day. Its sharpness blew me away! This lens was made to shoot wide open at f5.6. With the awesome VR image stabilization, I can get consistently sharp images at 1/25 sec. More possibilities, more options for an available light photographer who prefers the freedom of shooting handheld.
Again, Nikon delivers! I now have an extreme telephoto lens that will allow me to expand my visual horizons. The included photo was shot at f5.6 from a fair distance. In addition, the tree was on private property; the photograph would not have been possible without the reach of the 500mm. While I love the extra reach of this lens, it’s other wonderful attributes are image compression and subject isolation from the foreground/background within your scene. All for now, off to shoot with my new best friend, the amazing Nikon 500 PF!
Wishing you a joyous Fourth of July! Honor this most special day by celebrating with people who celebrate you!
My new Nikon 500mm PF f5.6 lens arrived a few days ago. Thank you Steve (West Photo, and Nikon Pro Services) for the fast delivery on a lens that is in high demand and not readily available. My initial thoughts after using this lens is one word, Awesome! For an extreme telephoto lens, it weighs only a tad over three pounds! Easily handheld, no need for a tripod folks. I can shoot this lens handheld as slow as 1/30 sec with Nikon’s excellent lens vibration reduction. Wow! Lens is extremely sharp, even shot wide open at f5.6. Another Nikon winner that makes it into my camera pack!
Of course, you buy a long telephoto lens for extra reach, and when you cannot physically move closer to your subject. However, I also love the fact that long lenses produce more compression in your photo and help to isolate your subject better. Only two flowers are rendered sharp in the photo above, which becomes the focal point of the image. Start thinking of your long telephoto lenses as a tool to help with subject isolation, image compression, and to soften foreground and background.
Thanks to neighbors who grow the most beautiful sunflowers! Image acquisition was with my favorite Nikon D850, and a Nikon 70-200mm @200. I shot at f5.6, which produced the lovely shallow depth of field. Shoot with small f-stops (numbers) to enhance your subject and separate it from your background. Subject to background distance is an important factor as well. The further the subject is from the background, the background will appear softer, and less distracting.
So there you have it. A simple strategy to produce photos with more zing . . . smaller f-stops and increased subject to background distance. Happy shooting!
Of course, you come to Slovenia for the beautiful, jaw-dropping scenery! However, as an obsessed color photographer I leave my options open. I found this thrilling, colorful encounter when strolling through an artist hangout.
A morning stroll through a somewhat colorless Texas town proved fruitful when I unexpectedly found this wonderful burst of color! While there were other distracting elements on the left and right, I merely rotated my camera to produce a vertical canvas for my subject. An intuitive gesture that accurately framed the image I had envisioned and felt in my heart, when I first came upon the scene.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the special moms . . . especially mine!
Captured from the road during a country drive in southern Minnesota. Always have your camera, and the opportunities will present themselves.