Long Lens Landscape Photography

The Wide View

If I take a look at my Lightroom catalogue the most commonly used lens I have is without a doubt the Nikkor 16-35 mm f/4 VR.  This is hardly surprising given that it was the first full frame lens I bought and that I love shooting my landscapes wide.

About 18 months ago I bought a used Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR.  I purchased it after renting one a few times to help with my live music photography when I was shooting at bigger events.  I soon discovered though that I could use it for my landscape work as well.

Since then, I have shot landscape images with the 70-200 mm but I probably don't use it as much as I should have.  So when fellow landscape photographer and YouTuber Chris Sale set me the challenge of shooting 3 images with my 70-200 mm I really had to get my creative brain into gear.

As we are both YouTubers I also set Chris the challenge of creating some wide angle landscape images.  You can see how we both got on in the video below:

Well, I hoped you enjoyed watching that video.  For me, it was a really good experience.  It actually got me to think a little differently!  It's opened my eyes a little more to creating landscape images with a longer lens, and I'm sure the 70-200 mm will be making a more regular appearance in my camera back.

Do you have a favourite lens?  Do you prefer to shoot wide or tight?  Or do you mix it up depending on the scene?  Let me know in the comments below.

The Long Lens Images

In case you want to have a closer look at the images featured in the video here they are:

 Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 112 mm, 0.6 seconds at ISO 64, f/11.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 112 mm, 0.6 seconds at ISO 64, f/11.

 Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 100 mm, 0.6 seconds at ISO 64, f/11.  This didn't actually make it to the video, but I do really like it!

Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 100 mm, 0.6 seconds at ISO 64, f/11.  This didn't actually make it to the video, but I do really like it!

 Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 70 mm, 1/6th second at ISO 64, f/11.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 70 mm, 1/6th second at ISO 64, f/11.

 Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 135 mm, 75 seconds at ISO 64, f/2.8, Lee Filters Big Stopper and 3 stop ND. 

Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 135 mm, 75 seconds at ISO 64, f/2.8, Lee Filters Big Stopper and 3 stop ND.