Wide angle time

December 01, 2014  •  1 Comment

Crane Beach teamed up with a fast-moving high-pressure system last weekend to put on a spectacular aerial show. When I arrived, the sky was dark, with charcoal clouds hanging low over the water, while the southwestern sky showed early signs of brightening. As the afternoon wore on, the breeze shoved the cloud line out to sea, and looking southeast down the beach revealed a dramatic transition from stormy to fair. The shot below was taken with a (sweet) 16mm lens. The ultra-wide angle reveals a view of the sky that spans several hours and a view of the water in the foreground that lasted only a moment. I love that this single frame can represent such a comprehensive span of my time spent on the beach.

The next image was shot with an (equally sweet) 300mm lens. This captures a very narrow field of view and reveals a narrow slice of time. There's no real passage of time revealed here. Therein lies the power of a long lens, it not only isolates a subject from it's foreground and background, it can also isolate a subject in time (think sports photography.) This image "feels" like a fleeting moment in my day at the beach.

As you can see from my current seascape series, I'm in love with the 16mm. I get to look up and down in space, and forward and back in time, with a single impulse. Such power we mortals wield!



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