When I look at my pictures from the second tulip field we visited Saturday evening, I feel mad at myself. I can’t imagine why I continued using my telephoto lens when what I wanted were wide angle shots! This would have been the perfect opportunity to try out my new prime lens. I guess I was just following my usual routine of using my Sony for closer-ups and my iPhone camera for wide angle shots. I do this because I’m not good at changing lenses without something to set all my gear on. Unfortunately, the angle of the sun created too much of a glare on my iPhone lens so most of my iPhone shots didn’t turn out. I did get a few to play around with before the glare became too much and it got too dark.
The first of these is the same shot as the photo at the top of the post but with the wide angle perspective from my iPhone camera. I’d read about how telephoto lenses compress everything within the frame but I’m still always surprised by how close it makes the distant hills look. The wide angle shot gives a more accurate impression of how expansive the lower valley is.
In the gallery below are photos I took with my Sony and my unfortunate choice of lens. The light was changing rapidly, from golden to hazy and white as the sun lit up the moisture in the air, back to golden and increasingly dark. Next time, I will be sure to bring my tripod so I can better capture the last moments of sunlight with longer exposures.
Hopefully, next time I will also remember to use my lens hood to avoid lens flares. And for anyone sick of tulips, don’t worry. Next time won’t be until next year. I’m all tulip-ed out too. 🙂