Posts Tagged ‘Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM’

Focus on the Details

the chilliwack river in winter
The Chilliwack River in Winter

   When I first started getting serious with a “real” film camera I had a 28-90mm kit lens. Eventually I wished to move on from just taking random snapshots and actually gain more skills and take better photos. I read a bit on the internet about lenses and bought a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4. The “nifty fifty”. It was at this point that I realized the difference lens quality can make. I couldn’t believe how sharp and clear the shots with the 50mm were.

   A few years after buying the 50mm I upgraded to a DSLR – A Canon 30D. Wow not only could I take 100’s of shots at one time, I was not paying for film and developing so I could actually afford to experiment and try new things. The 28-90mm kit lens was a bit better on the DSLR (cropped out some of the edge anomalies) but still had nothing on the 50mm. On the APS-C sensor of the 30D (1.6x) the 50mm was more like an 80mm lens. I really wanted to go wider so that I could get more into a shot. I saved up and bought a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. Good quality and really wide compared to the 50mm. I shot with the 10-22mm and the 50mm (the kit lens now relegated to a drawer for bad behaviour) for quite a while. I wanted to determine what I was missing the most before I went in that direction with a new lens.

nodoubt peak - part of Mount Redoubt - alpenglow
Alpenglow on Nodoubt Peak in North Cascades National Park

   A year or so after I bought the 10-22mm I filled in the gap between my lenses with the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. At that point I had opted for crop sensors over full frame (largely due to price of both long lenses and the FF cameras) so the 17-40mm was not on my list. From there I went to a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM to get a bit more reach for wildlife. What I had not really anticipated is that I would be using this lens so often for landscapes.

the chilliwack river in winter
Abstract Chilliwack River

   Often as a beginning photographer I read about wide angle lenses as the be all and end all of landscape photography. Walking in to a camera shop and being asked what I like to shoot – the answer of landscapes would push wide angle lenses in my direction. I was rather surprised to learn what I had been missing in a longer telephoto lens for landscapes. In some scenes I have found it difficult to use the wider focal lengths in that they actually get too much into the frame. Ironic considering this is why I earlier had thought I needed a wide lens. The details of the scene are there, but are drowned out by distracting elements that take the viewer’s eye away from what is important. So my initial impression that I would always want to be at a wide angle all the time has actually changed to looking at the details and what is more essential.

eureka falls in spring
Eureka Falls

   I never would have predicted this sort of outcome when I started. I see many posts and articles devoted to gear and purchasing wide lenses for landscapes. I wonder how many of the beginners reading these thing will eventually start to favour longer lenses for their landscape photography? Would they be better off getting a telephoto lens before a really wide angle one? Maybe this is just a normal evolution for a photographer. Regardless, I am happy I have moved away from all wide angle all the time – the variety of shots possible at longer focal lengths is liberating.

Diablo Lake – North Cascades National Park

A view of Diablo Lake from 2009 at North Cascades National Park. I hope the fall color this year will be as spectacular as last year.

7 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @ 10mm

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diablo lake in the north cascades national park

Stevens Canyon Panorama

Panorama of Mt. Rainier and Stevens Canyon, Mt. Rainier National Park.

9 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @ 10mm

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mt rainier stevens canyon panorama

Paradise Valley Fall Panorama

Paradise Valley in September 2009. I attempted to essentially re-take this panorama from earlier in July. The spot is a bit different but you can see the change in seasons.

20 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @ 15mm

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paradise valley

Narada Falls Panorama Mt. Rainier National Park

Panorama of Narada Falls on the Paradise River in Mt. Rainier National Park. At approximately 1390 meters (4560 feet) in elevation the small hike there seemed a bit steeper than it was. I passed a few people who were gasping on the trail. The lower falls pictured here drop about 57 meters (188 feet).

8 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 11mm

narada falls on the paradise river

Nisqually River Bridge – Mt. Rainier National Park

A few views from/of the Nisqually River Bridge in Mt. Rainier National Park.

13 exposures stitched – Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @ 11mm.

nisqually river bridge

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nisqually river bridge mt rainier

Thompson River Panorama

I do not remember where exactly this spot is along HWY 1 but it is most likely before Spences Bridge. Road construction stopped us for about 20 minutes and I had the opportunity to take a few pictures from a vantage point I will never likely be able to see again – there is barely a shoulder on this part of the highway.

7 photos stitched – Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 15mm.

thompson river panorama

Tranquille near Kamloops Lake

In the first panorama you can see the abandoned Tranquille Sanatorium in the distance. The second panorama (with a wider lens) is from the same vantage point on Tranquille Road just outside Lac du Bois Provincial Park near Kamloops, BC. Just beyond the flooded field in the foreground lies Kamloops Lake.

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1. 9 stitched photos (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro)

tranquillesanatorium

2. 8 stitched photos (Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM)

tranquille

Lac du Bois Provincial Park near Mara Hill tranquillesanatorium

Tranquille on the edge of Lac Du Bois Provincial Park rock

Not sure what species, but there seems to be a lot of lichen on this rock. Really wish I’d had a tripod handy… was really windy here and evidently my 100mm macro lens did not feel like sitting still that much (many discarded shots of this lichen).

lichenrock lichen

lichen