The Silence of Nature
“Silence is the language of nature”
This week Cheri has challenged us to “capture silence in a photograph”. To me, nature is a place where soothing silence can always be found by those who seek it. Coincidentally, this week I set out to test a new lens in the woods and lagoons near my home. All of today’s captures, celebrating nature’s silence, were shot with my X-T2 using Fujifilm’s 50-140 mm f/2.8 lens.
“I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”
Vincent van Gogh
My test of the lens focused on four things – portability, sharpness, reach and bokeh. The lens (unlike my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8) easily supports handheld shooting without shake. At the narrow end, f/22, I was able to achieve reasonable results with panning to create images like the one above.
“See how nature-trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence.”
I am used to having a bit more reach, and I did find I would have liked more, but the use of a teleconverter could solve that. Also, the lens was quite sharp and since the Fuji files are large, they can be cropped down to a reasonable size to focus in on important elements. In the capture above, the three Hooded Mergansers were a good distance from me, so the shot has been cropped pretty significantly. Note that the birds, even though on the move, are still reasonably sharp.
“Come to the woods, for here is rest.”
I used the lens for some landscapes and found it was also up to that task. Generally, I was pleased with it although I do take issue with those who compare it to the Nikon. For me it was the ability to carry it around for two hours, and to shoot successfully without a tripod, that makes it a winner.
“Serenity is when I realize I’m blessed with beautiful nature around.”
Of course, there are many other lenses to be considered after moving to a new (in my case Fujifilm) platform. There are zooms, primes, macros, wide angles, and of course third party options. Oh dear, what’s a photographer to do?!
The answer, of course, is to focus on our skills. While our choice of equipment influences our results to some degree, improving our ability to “see” the shot, find the light, compose our images and know the limits and capabilities of our gear will trump equipment choice every time.
Equipment notwithstanding, one of my favorite things about photography is that it puts me right in the heart of nature’s silence – how about you?