Same old view; A Different Lens

 

 Landscape and the beauty of the area I live in is what drew me into the world of photography.  If you haven't ever visited Sandpoint Idaho I highly recommend you do a drive through.  It is gorgeous, no, stunning!!

 With inspiration literally all around me one wouldn't think that my passion for landscape would grow cold, but is has- I've been focusing on my portrait photography trying to master new techniques and build a client base.

 However, I was  recently listening to one of my favorite podcasts (Improve Photography) and the round table discussion was specific to improving landscape shots. My mind drifted.."I used to do that" so I paid attention.  One of the guests was recalling some advice he had gotten about landscape photography- pardon me as I summarize, but it was along the lines of 'visit the same location over and over'  and 'take a different lens with you.'  I thought, "he's so right some of the best photos are of landscapes I have shot multiple times, because I new the view and I knew when it was going to be its most beautiful.  

 

The photos below are literally the view from my backyard, I KNOW this view so well, I can tell you where the sun will set on the mountain side at any time of the year, I love to scoop up the delicious light that comes during the 'golden hour.'

Quite possibly my most favorite image I've ever taken...

The other part of the discussion regarding 'take a different' lens also resonated with me- so many times I grab my 24-70mm or 35mm because I know them, feel familiar with them.  Inspired by the discussion, last weekend I grabbed the 70-300 that came with my camera, by most professional accounts a lens that is not worth much, but it's the only 'zoom' lens in my arsenal.  

So what happened?  I hated it!!! LOL!!  It felt so awkward to me and I kept thinking, "I wish I had a wider lens."  BUT- it also challenged me to think outside of the box and to get away from my typical style of shots.  It made me look at the view in a completely different way.  The photos below are not 'my view' but they were taken with my 70-300 kit lens while huckleberry picking high up in the Idaho mountains :)

Will I take that lens again?  That remains to be seen, but I certainly appreciated the challenge of making it work and the opportunity to see the world throgh a different lens.

I did find one with 'my view' and my 'kit lens' LOL!  The image below :)

This is shot with the 70-300mm kit lens, it is also a collage of two photos stiched together in the middle to create a panoramic effect