The Silence of Nature

“Silence is the language of nature”

Debasish Mridha

WEE BIRD

WEE BIRD

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.

FOREST QUIETUDE

FOREST QUIETUDE

“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.

THREE MERGANSERS

THREE MERGANSERS

“See how nature-trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence.”

Mother Teresa

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.

SPANISH MOSS

MUTED MOSS

“Come to the woods, for here is rest.”

John Muir

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. 

COASTING CORMORANT

COASTING CORMORANT

“Serenity is when I realize I’m blessed with beautiful nature around.”

divyaelizabeth

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?

 

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68 thoughts on “The Silence of Nature

  1. love that first one,the tiny bird huddled among the branches…I wonder how you even spotted it 🙂 it feels like it’s just about to break the silence with a beautiful tune… always great to be close to nature, wonderful captures, Tina!!

  2. Sounds like you are having great fun with your gear! Isn’t life grand without a tripod ??? Wee Bird is the cutest lil thing. 💕

  3. I love this post as I do all your posts. It appeared at a good time for me after a traffic jam and now waiting in a doctors office with Nick. I needed some peace

  4. Great collection of nature photos for this week’s theme. If you get that teleconverter, I’ll look forward to a review. My longest lens, a Tamron 16-300 is a variable aperture zoom (f/3.5-6.3). For me a teleconverter is a non-starter as the lens is already too slow at full zoom. On my wishlist is a zoom with an f/2.8 aperture.

  5. The lens certainly does well and I agree with you in that weight certainly does mean some compromises out on a walk in Nature. I have to take my gear in a wheeled trolley and stick to flat surfaces these days as I can’t even carry my miniature backpack with a full water bottle, let alone a couple of cameras and lenses.

      • I wish I still had a 18-200mm lens, Tina. That covered most situations years ago, but now, I think I need to sell my long heavy DSLR lens and get another short prime lens for my lightweight Sony ‘mirrorless’. I really don’t know how professional photographers carry all their gear these days. Maybe they’re all selling their heavy DSLRs.

      • I think many are, or at least expanding their arsenals! And the best of them have assistants! Maybe that’s what we need 😊

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