So, this morning I was planning on getting up early to wander around town looking for unique vantage points of Mont Ripley. One of the things that Nick wanted us to focus on when thinking of and creating images for our project was how close Ripley is to town. Ripley is pretty unique in that it isn’t an hour away, or 20 minutes, or even 10 minutes away. It’s pretty much right in town. And this is an important part of Mont Ripley’s identity. Anyway, as soon as I stepped outside this morning I knew that I was not going to accomplish the things I set out to. However, that didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to go for my walk anyway just to see what I could see.
The fog was quite thick this morning and with the low light of the early morning really made for some interesting scenes around the waterfront and downtown. I headed out with the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8, a 35mm f2.0, and a 50mm f1.8. I ended up only shooting with the long lens as it was on my D300 when I left the house and as thick as the fog was I didn’t want to change lenses. Most of these images were shot towards the 300mm end of the spectrum at f2.8, iso 800, and 1/200 shutter speed.
I really love the way a telephoto lens sees the world. It cuts out all the extraneous. It brings your background and foreground together. It creates emphasis and separation… I really enjoy it.
Anyway, I had a good time shooting this morning and I really like some of the images I came away with.
As always… let me know what you think.
More to come…