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matthew
05-19-2008, 12:55 PM
A photographer is confronted with a complex web of visual juxtapositions that realign themselves with each step the photographer takes. Take one step and something hidden comes into view; take another and an object in the front now presses up against one in the distance. Take one step and the description of deep space is clarified; take another and it is obscured.
- Steven Shore, The Nature of Photographs

Telephoto lenses are the opposite of wide-angle lenses -- it may sound obvious, but the difference goes beyond the magnification. Telephotos isolate, abstract, and remove context, giving the photographer freedom to select their subject. But the importance of careful composition is just as strong as with wide-angle lenses, as subtle changes in position can radically change the relationships within the frame.

For this assignment, let's look at lenses longer than 50mm. New photos are always encouraged, but past favourites are also welcomed. We're lucky to have high-quality and compact telephotos, so let's see what they can do.

shrinkpictures
05-20-2008, 01:14 PM
Ok, I'll kick this one off with a shot from a couple of days ago.

http://photoblog.shrinkpictures.com/thumbnails/thumb_20080518000716_lr0016_e3_5180461_1.jpg

Larger version (http://photoblog.shrinkpictures.com/index.php?showimage=752)

50-200 @64mm The chosen F/L was all about not showing what was just off to the right, as well as much as showing what was in the scene. Just to the Right was a farm house and sheds with equipment all over the place!

The small amount of compression is mostly offset with a small (f10) aperture.

Johannes
05-20-2008, 07:08 PM
70-300 at 300mm .... E-3, f10, 1/200s, ISO100

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/299096221_m9MMV-XL.jpg

JRM60
05-20-2008, 08:51 PM
Not current, been busy lately so haven't been shooting much - This is one of my favorites with my favorite combo for wildfowl, the old 50-200 with the 1.4TC and E1. Still using the combo but have picked up a 2.0TC which is a little harder to use.

http://www.pbase.com/jrm60/image/53480076.jpg (http://www.pbase.com/jrm60/image/53480076.jpg)

BL3
05-20-2008, 09:13 PM
Taken at the "Wings over Gillespie" Airshow, using an E-1, 50-200, F14, 1/640 sec. and ISO 400:

Rocky

capt3450
05-20-2008, 11:50 PM
Caught this gal on the palm tree in front of my house last week right after she raid the Blue Jay's nest with E-1 and 50-200mm at f/8, 1/1000th and ISO400
Capt3450

zbahu
05-21-2008, 12:42 PM
Here is one from the other week, Titchbourne in Hampshire, late evening.

50-200 at 200mm

cRy-Guy
05-21-2008, 11:47 PM
Shot last Saturday at a local golf course. E-410, 40-150 @ 150, ISO 200,f/8, 1/400th. Slight color correction in Photo.net and a little crop.

http://vldcya.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pXzCqQFjMNh1ftXP0Awzpotk_5cQo7gEnf7UG3LbMKzcCHnu CczdVUJj-4h_60XiU1bYWIYYYNuUeCd1t3GIZsw/golf_course_flowers.jpg (http://vldcya.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pXzCqQFjMNh1ftXP0Awzpotk_5cQo7gEnf7UG3LbMKzcCHnu CczdVUJj-4h_60XiU1bYWIYYYNuUeCd1t3GIZsw/golf_course_flowers.jpg)

-Ryan

Hudsonhites
05-22-2008, 05:48 AM
Beautiful image Ryan the colors and composition are great looks like you've turned the world upside down.

matthew
05-22-2008, 06:27 AM
I was out with my 50-200 a couple of days ago, playing with its ability to create abstract designs from larger scenes.

The next big dumb-horror movie, "Weights on a Crane":

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/299049895_67Cg2-L.jpg

Detail from Libeskind's addition to the Royal Ontario Museum:

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/299050669_icE5B-L.jpg

Playing with perspective compression, but the sharpness isn't quite what I wanted:

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/299051461_LUK9B-L.jpg

I used the short DOF to drop out the background on this one, which I took as a lesson in just what an odd language English can be. The same abbreviation means two different things:

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/299049359_U2qLe-L.jpg

And finally a pattern from the running track at the university. It's a great monitor check: the track should be blue, but it looks purple on my laptop.

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/299052174_wBfcs-L.jpg

Don Kondra
05-22-2008, 02:00 PM
70-300 @ 300..

Hand held, waving the camera all over, lost the plane a couple of times, deep breath and pray to the Olympus Image Stabilization system :D

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg202/donkondra/HighFlyer.jpg

Cheers, Don

cifcap
05-22-2008, 05:35 PM
Taken at the "Wings over Gillespie" Airshow, using an E-1, 50-200, F14, 1/640 sec. and ISO 400:

Rocky
Awesome Skyraider and good use of the shutter to keep some blur on the propellor blades.

JW

cRy-Guy
05-24-2008, 09:29 AM
Beautiful image Ryan the colors and composition are great looks like you've turned the world upside down.

Thanks! I generally try to bring too much into the frame when I shoot. When I do remember to cut out the noise the results tend to be much more acceptable. Thankfully when I took this shot I reminded myself that it wasn't necessary to capture all 18 holes in the one frame.

Will in Tejas
05-25-2008, 06:22 AM
The corner columns of the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas as shot from our hotel balcony on a recent trip.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3263/2492632908_cf12607075_o.jpg (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3263/2492632908_cf12607075_o.jpg)

srf4real
05-25-2008, 07:43 AM
Here is a photo of Catfish, the local longboarder coach in Brevard County. He uses a Nikon / Sigma set-up. I believe he said that is a 400mm lens in the picture. Taken at an ESA contest back in January... with the 70-300mm at 150mm.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee126/surferRob_photos/_1080741.png

heavy wind lover
05-25-2008, 08:28 AM
how long is long,,??

here is a photo taken through my Questar 3.5 telescope with my E500 back in early 2006,, sun spots have a 11 year cycle and we are now at a low for spots,,

E500 was used in prime mode on the Questar which is a 1400 mm - f16 scope,,

photo was cropped to display the best items,, the larger spots are bigger than our planet,,

Derry

Johannes
05-25-2008, 08:41 AM
how long is long,,??

here is a photo taken through my Questar 3.5 telescope with my E500 back in early 2006,, sun spots have a 11 year cycle and we are now at a low for spots,,

E500 was used in prime mode on the Questar which is a 1400 mm - f16 scope,,

photo was cropped to display the best items,, the larger spots are bigger than our planet,,

Derry

Wow........... stunning!

OT/ Why need long nails for flamenco? :)

Johannes
05-25-2008, 08:42 AM
I was out with my 50-200 a couple of days ago, playing with its ability to create abstract designs from larger scenes.

Matthew, I like the first and last one most, very brilliant colors :)

matthew
05-25-2008, 05:08 PM
Thanks, Johannes.

I was trying to come up with some good subjects for a telephoto lens, so I went back to the zoo. All of these were shot at my longest focal length, using the 50-200 and 1.4TC, and are uncropped and unedited.

Impala:
http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/301223345_i5jFg-L.jpg

Ostrich:
http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/301223403_bq6L8-L.jpg

Giraffe:
http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/301223470_HKZM3-L.jpg

Gorilla:
http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/301223700_CUaZc-L.jpg

Elephant:
http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/301223609_wQRea-L.jpg

(For some reason I almost exclusively use my widest and longest lenses at their extremes.)

matthew
05-25-2008, 05:14 PM
Shot last Saturday at a local golf course. E-410, 40-150 @ 150, ISO 200,f/8, 1/400th. Slight color correction in Photo.net and a little crop.

I have to say that I'm really loving this photo, ant it's a great example of how a slight shift in position can make such a big difference in the final image. I really like the way it's been put together, and thanks for including it.

avian019
05-25-2008, 06:10 PM
Shot this in a local park with my trusty old 40-150mm. Just don't know what kind of bird this is.

heavy wind lover
05-28-2008, 02:08 PM
figured I would post my best moon photo taken with the E500 and Questar 3.5 telescope, 1400 mm f16,, prime mode (no lens),,

PP included slight color shifting and some shadow adjustment,,

Derry