Go long!!! – Long lens for landscape photography

Most people think using a 14-24 or a 24-70 for landscape photography. Basically a wide lens. But sometimes there is a particular feature you want to capture or isolate. Most people would think that they could just crop the image later on. But why throw away all those pixels?

One of the challenges and fun of photography is to take the photo correctly in camera and not rely on post processing to try to fix an error. In this instance, if I used what many people would consider a landscape lens, I would be coming up short. And that comes to one of the popular arguments at the moment. I took this photo with the Nikon D850 and using the Nikkor 800-400mm (at 400mm and Nikon high-speed crop) to isolate the subject that I wanted. The D850 has a whopping 45.7 megapixel senor that can capture incredible detail. Most people would say, just crop it in post. And with that kind of resolution, you might be OK… depending on what you are going to do with the image. If it is going to be posted on a blog where people will be viewing it on a screen, you just might be able to get away with it. But what if someone called me up and on the chance they said I want a print of that. I guarantee you that you won’t be happy with your results.

To really fully understand the need to get it right in camera and use the proper equipment, you need to print. Only when you lay ink of paper and all those pixels need to work to produce the best image possible, it will be when you are making a 24X30 print. Give it a try and contact me if you want to discuss.

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