After a long-long break, the blog is now back online!
The most recent addition to the Israeli Landscape collection are two sunset images from Palmachim beach. For this session, due to a recent injury, I had to make some compromise and take the camera with a single lens. This was an eye-opening experience. Many photographers wrote on the benefits of taking only a single lens (some even went as far as a prime lens), but only when I experienced it first-hand, it got to me.
When I bought my first SLR, I used a single lens for quite some time. This was a Nikkor 16-85mm, a great all-around lens, which is still my lens of choice today. With time, I bought another wider-angle lens, and some filters for both. On each photo-session, I had only limited time to capture the right light in the right place, but having these two lenses, with several filter combinations to choose from - made it a little difficult to focus on what's important: the landscape itself.
Using two lenses in the same photo session might be rewarding. But trying two lenses from the same spot, especially in seascape photography, might become a burden. It's not only replacing the lens. Rather - it's a little more time consuming:
1. Go back to dry-shore, with your tripod (otherwise - it might be washed away by a sudden wave...).
2. Get the other lens.
3. Replace the lens, and (carefully) put the other one in your backpack.
4. Go back to the same position you were in.
5. And now try to find a new position, to fit the new perspective of your other lens...
And bang! the sunset is over.
Having a single lens might not give you the overall optimal image. In the image above - I'd rather have the sea in the center of the image compressed by a using a wider angle lens, and the rocks and sunset-sky given more emphasis. However, having this single lens - I tried to make the best of what I had, without spending that precious time on the additional lens. Getting back to photograph after some time off can be hard enough - and spending the time on another lens instead of trying compositions is probably not the best thing to do. And in conclusion - reviewing the images I had taken - I was surprised that I still really liked them. And that's probably what matters...