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on Feb 23, 2011 in Landscape Photography

When Size Matters

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I hear from a lot of folks saying they don’t have a 600mm lens. They ask “How do I get a large subject in the frame without the big lens?” This is a really great question. Here are some suggestions when you feel lens challenge and your desire the large subject size. The first option is demonstrated right here. Can you tell what it is?

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Compostionally, I think this is a vertical photo with the tree trunk being so strong visually. But when you rotate the camera vertically, even though that is all we’ve done, the subject now “feels” much smaller in the frame. Nothing has changed other then the camera’s orientation yet in the vertical format the Bald Eagle appears smaller. This is because of the space above and below the eagle in the vertical format compared to the horizontal format. Yeah, you can make your subject size appear larger that simply. Is this the only way? Not hardly but it doesn’t cost you a thing and it’s really simple to do. Just thought I would pass it along.

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-20e3 on Lexar UDMA digital film