misconceptions about wide angle lenses. Wide angle lenses are not about
getting it all in. Wide angle lenses are about getting close to your
an image says a thousand words here are some mistakes I made;
embarrassing moments that no photographer likes to show.
Knight, Dinkey Creek, 2008. Trying to get it all in, and also
making the mistake of not keeping my horizon level. Nikon
D200, Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm 1/640 F4 ISO 400
weeks later the same rapid with the
same lighting. Shot at 50mm on a Nikon D200. Nikon
D200, Nikkor 50mm 1.8 @ 1/800 F2.8 ISO 200
close to your subject? The wider the lens, the closer! Taylor Cavin and
I almost making contact on Fordyce Creek. Nikon
D200, Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm 1/1250 F8 ISO 200
We know by now that shooting from downstream at water level is
rarely, if ever the best angle. Wide angles also tend to stretch things
out from side to side. This means that if you are shooting from
downstream it tends to make a drop look smaller than it is.
in a Pocket on Upper Cherry.
D200, Sigma 10-20mm @ 20mm 1/750 F8.
Jonas Grunwald from just a few feet away on the Little White Salmon.
14mm and cropped in.
Nikon D600, Samyang 14mm f/2.8 @ 1/1000 f/4 ISO 400
So the quick and dirty with wide lenses: Wider is not always
better, it just means you have to get closer to your subject, and your
composition has to be closer to perfect. I normally don't carry an
ultra-wide lens on the river anymore,
but if I note a specific shot on a run that needs a wide angle, I'll
bring it on my next trip. Next Up:Panning.