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Landscaping with 24mm CZ

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Poki, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    I still have no time for a photographic journey, but the summer looks promising. However, I can't just sit at home and dream of a photo journey, so I decided to go again on a long walk with my NEX-5 and the 24mm lens.

    The longer I use this lens, the more reasons I find to love it. First, the big, smooth focus ring is much better than the ones from the cheaper E-Mount lenses, which is very important for video use. Second, the size and build quality are ideal and feel just perfect when using the camera. And third, it's image quality is simply amazing. Sharp from corner to corner (although not clinically sharp as some expensive, slowish wide angle lenses - but not much falloff from center to borders), nice color and especially micro contrast rendering.

    The motto of this tour was "Every landscape has thousand faces". I think I got some of them from this place.

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    Oh, and one I shot while waiting till the sun had the right position, shot with an iPhone 4, to show how my setup looked like.

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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Stunning scenery. Love the light flares in both shots. If it were me, I'd crop most of the bottom off the second shot, right to where the ice ends in the ditch. The foreground adds nothing to the pic in this case.
     
  3. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Thanks for the answer, Bimjo! I thought pretty long how to crop both pics, and in the end I had two versions of both. I decided for the standard 3:2 landscape orientation 'cos I simply prefer it when it's printed. However, here are the alternative crops (click for bigger view):

    DSC08216_HDR - Arbeitskopie 5.

    DSC08290_HDR - Arbeitskopie 2.
     
  4. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Oh wow, Poki!
    Both pics are absolutely majestic!! The second shot reminds me of an Ansel Adams "Yosemite" print. I love the sunrays!

    I actually like the ditch... it guides my eye from the foreground and leads my attention to the background and back again so that I can almost hear and feel the trickling of that cold water from melted snow :)

    That 24mm CZ is mint!
     
  5. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Thanks, Dioptrick! Especially for comparing my shot with Ansel Adams! That's too much honor for me right now. ;) I'm happy to finally see some improvements in my shots after years of studying photography.

    And as far as the ditch is concerned: I got Bimjo wrong - I meant he thought the foreground in the first photo. I never would cut away the foreground in the second shot - it's what the composition is all about. After all the goal in landscape photography has to be to guide the viewer over the photo. There's no point in making a photo without a point of interest of any kind.
     
  6. lillefot

    lillefot New to TalkEmount

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    Jan 1, 2012
    Those are the best landscapes I've seen taken with the CZ24mm. Inspirational!
     
  7. lapdog99

    lapdog99 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    Colorado
    Agree, the ice also suggests temps in the low 30s F., and cutting out the foreground would have put the full sun right at the camera. Nice place for a long walk. Would love to have seen the same shots with Sigma 30 for comparison.
     
  8. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Thank you for your kind feedback! Like I said the 24mm CZ is close to perfection for really any type of photography.

    @lapdog99: I don't have the 30mm Sigma, but judging from the samples I've seen so far I'd say the only thing it is a bit worse is the outstanding micro contrast rendering, but sharpness and CA should be on par as you stop down anyways in landscape shooting. And of course you shouldn't forget that, while 24mm (36mm eq) isn't exactly wide, 30mm (45mm eq) is pretty long for many types of landscapes, so better throw the Sigma 19mm in as well.
     
  9. lapdog99

    lapdog99 TalkEmount Veteran

    219
    Sep 3, 2011
    Colorado
    Yeah, still waiting for a Sony e short, wide tele in 2.8
     
  10. lowincash

    lowincash TalkEmount Regular

    131
    Dec 21, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Kin
    Very nice shots! Stunning indeed. I don't even know where to go in my neck of the woods to get these kind of photos lol
     
  11. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Haha... ok ok, modesty is a good thing. However, I can't give the credit to mother-nature because she makes paintings like that every single second of everyday somewhere in the world :p but it was you who got out of bed and put yourself in that spot, with the right equipment in all the right settings, and pressed the shutter at the right moment. You've earned it.

    Those back-lit clouds against mountain peaks gives the environment that "signature feel of an Adams," that just lifts the human spirit for some reason (well, mine anyway :) ).

    Well done! Aaaahhhhhhhhhhh...

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  12. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

    582
    Feb 8, 2012
    Indialantic, Fl
    John
    nothing like that here in Florida.... majestic & well executed!
     
  13. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    @Dioptrick: Thanks again for the credit! Of course you're right, it's just that not "perfect" enough if compared to some of the masters landscapes. But I'm learning fast and maybe somedays I'll make a landscape exhibition... *just dreaming ;)*

    @hodad66: That's one of the biggest challenges in landscape photography, if not the biggest. I don't know if I'm allowed to speak open 'cos I'm into landscape photography for just about two years now, but the sum of all I learned (and I used MANY free hours for studying photography) is that the single most important thing to landscape photography is to find the beautiful spots everywhere. They're really all around us. You just don't have to look at the whole thing, but rather use some hours to conquer the fields and look for details, angles and colors you just get from that one exact spot. No one of my landscapes I shot so far looked too beautiful viewed in reality from a random point, but with some patience, endurance and - more important - previsualization, it's possible to get the best out of every place.

    And thank you too for the credit! I'm happy to see you like my work.