Fallen Tree_Dog Rocks_Central Victoria
Most folks think that wide-angle lenses are for photographing vistas. While that may well be what they’re designed for I find them most useful and fun when used up close.
Walking right up to the subject with a wide-angle lens tends to monumentalise the subject, placing extra emphasis upon it. While a telephoto lens tends to isolate the subject from its surroundings, the wide-angle lens acts to place the subject within its surroundings. This encourages the viewer to consider the relationship between the subject and its environment.
This particular image was made under relatively high contrast conditions. I chose a fallen tree trunk that was illuminated and employed a large Depth of Field (DOF) to help lead the viewer’s eye along the line provided by the tree. A vignette was added in Adobe Lightroom 2, where the original color image was also rendered into black-and-white, prior to a few finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography