One of my favorite forms of exercise is hiking. Living in northern California makes it really easy to get out there and explore. Over the summer, though, it was tricky for me to go on my usual hikes as I had my two boys with me. They have little legs, a surprising intolerance for heat, and I can only take, “Are we going home yet?” for so long. Nonetheless, I figured it was good for them to take a break from video games and legos and for us to spend some quality time together. It also gave me a chance to try out the new wide-angle lens that I recently bought for an upcoming trip to Europe.
I heard that there is a bit of a learning curve with wide-angle lenses, but it’s a lens I’ve always wanted since I love shooting landscapes and being outside, and I was getting frustrated with not being able to move back enough to get the whole scene in. One thing I’ve read about wide-angle lenses is that they really make close things closer and far things farther. I also learned that it’s good to get something in the foreground to focus on, in order to emphasize depth. Unfortunately, on this particular hike back to Mt. Burdell, there was a lot of grass and then some more grass followed by even more grass. I was trying to find some sort of boulder or rock, but was out of luck. But we did get a beautifully clear (yet very hot) blue day, and I had a lot of fun experimenting with perspective and breadth. When I went through my pictures, I especially liked the silhouette of the two boys under the tree. For some reason, they almost seem to mimic the form of the trees. I’d love to hear which photo catches your eye the most!