Thursday, February 6, 2014

Partners in Focus

When I expanded my arsenal of lenses last year, one of the things I wanted to try was to shoot the same scene, but with different lenses, to play with different ways to compose and form a photo.  You have probably seen countless of photos of the Partners Statue around The Hub, but the vast majority of those were taken with my Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 wide angle zoom.  Everything is in focus, and the sweeping panorama really opens up the feeling of spaciousness. 

Over the weekend, I took a few shots of the same general area, but with my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom instead.  This required much different shooting techniques. For one, I had to be much farther away to capture even a fraction of my wide angle shots.  This meant dealing with people constantly being in the middle of the shot, which required a great deal of patience. In the end, you see below that I didn't entire succeed with eliminating people from the composition, but I think I did come away with a more unique shot, focusing wholly on the statue and blurring everything else in front and behind, thanks to a shallow depth of field.  This places even more prominence on the statue, which is pretty much the best photographic way to honor these two icons!

Walt and Mickey are the focal point of the Walt Disney Company, and of course of Disneyland Park.

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