Photo of The Week #71
I’m still not tired of my new ultrawide angle Tamron lens. I’ve had it for around 3 months now, possibly longer, and I’m still enjoying the results I’m getting with it. It was the perfect addition to my kit bag as I now have the ranges of 15 – 200 mm covered. I did have that range covered before in DX lenses, however the quality and sharpness of those lenses, while okay, did begin to become a problem with what I wanting from the results.
This photo was taken of Gwanghwamun Gate in South Korea. Before coming to South Korea, I did a bit of research and I had a fair idea on how I wanted to capture the gate. However the crux of those plans were all down to me being able to gain access to a building, which may or may not be there. I was wanting to take a photo of the gate from a slight birdseye angle.
However when I arrived to the gate I quickly realized two things. The first being that access to any of buildings to gain the shot which I was after was practically impossible for myself. While the second problem was that there was construction of the gate, and the front of the wall had a horrible white wall blocking half the gate. This wouldn’t be much of a problem if I could gain the birdseye shot, however since I couldn’t, I needed to problem solve a little.
I tried a few different angles, gained access to a few buildings, but I wasn’t able to capture the shot I had envisioned. Instead I went for something a little more traditional with the light trails and the mix of old and new.
The Moral Of The Story
I do like the photo, even though it wasn’t what I had planned to originally take. The moral of the story is that sometimes when going to a location to take a photo of an attraction, the odds may be staked against you. Sometimes so much so, that it may be impossible to capture any decent photo at all. In my case things weren’t that bad, and were still manageable.
The point is, is that you need to be flexible. Not to be rigid in your thinking, otherwise you may walk away with nothing. While not being able to capture what you had planned is bad, what’s even worse is walking away with nothing at all. You need to be able to adjust to the situation and assess what will be the best course of action.
Taken by: Steve
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Tamron SP 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Focal Length: 30 mm
Shutter Speed: 2.5 seconds
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