Standard focal length

8 Jan

Finally there are the standard focal lengths, in other word around 50 mm on a full frame body.

It has a little both of the advantages of both worlds.

You can get a shallow depth of field but have to be closer than with a telephoto lens and but without the compression.

You can get lots of surroundings in the frame but sometimes not enough to get the whole story, the distortions that can be used with a wide angle lens cannot be used with a standard lens but on the other hand is the standard lens good in a way that it shows the world how it is. A little WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) in other words you can imagine that you have seen the situation with your own eyes.

The first four pictures are taken on a farm in Northern Scandinavia while I was following a photographer who did a reportage about them. I had my trusty 24-205 mm on the camera and that gave me a good mixture of standard and light telephoto pictures. The pictures shown the boy and his father  feeding the cows. It was nice to be able not to interrupt them but on the other hand being able to describe the situation. If I used a wide angle lens I probably would have gotten too much clutter in the frame.

The next pictures are a collection of several occasions. As you might know is the orb standing on the North Cape and the standard lens gave just the right angle of view to get it and some people around it to give some extra information. Thereafter a portrait, so not unaware people but I think that it still shows that this focal length is the best for the job.

After that you have two pictures of a couple dancing, mother and doter are dancing to the tune of a band playing traditional songs of the region. As it was a festival very many were dressed in the traditional cloths that was worn to festivities. this lens again giving a good framing as a telephoto lens had not gotten the band in the background and a wide angle lens had gotten too much of the place. In this picture I think it is important to just have the dancing couple but the band to give some context.

The last pictures show that the lens can be used up close without getting too much distortions, the third and fourth picture showing that you get enough surroundings without having to interrupt.


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