25mm Prime Lens – Layers and Depth – Bird-Watching

I went out to do some bird watching today, a bit of an adventure to look for fieldfare and redwing. Alas, I dint find any, but I enjoyed watching redshank and oyster catcher, a few goldfinch, and a cheeky starling that took a ride on the back of a sheep.

Of course I had a camera with me, and as my OMD EM 10 iii is new, I feel that I need to get used to its menus, the way it handles, and using a prime 25mm (50mm equivalent).

I havent used a prime lens before, and have always relied upon telephoto. There are two things that are immediately apparent to me. The 25mm places the subject further back than I see them with my eye, not a lot, but it’s there. To make use of the prime I am going to need to slow down, move around, and take more notice of composition, distance and perspective. I have a feeling that this is going to be good for my photography. To really consider the shots that I am taking, and allowing myself to move closer, to get into the scene.

Having the prime on me was a good enough reason to explore layers, and how the use of them can add depth in a photo. It’s a step further than the foreground, midground, background exercise, and it can create either a feeling of spaciousness, or movement through a photo, depending upon how it’s used. The photos that I took today are not special,  (I will add them to my sketch book menu above), but the practice is always good.

Thought I would also create a panorama as well. I made three overlapping shots, knowing that I could run them through the Lightroom panorama option. Thanks for the tip Agrandaiz.

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