The Traveler’s Lament
Why oh why did I leave the beach?
Only to travel through six states to arrive in the land of snow.
Perhaps it was to truly feel the Christmas spirit as it’s only two weeks away.
A magical snow land where anything is possible.
Be like the flowing river,
Silent in the night.
Be not afraid of the dark.
If there are stars in the sky, reflect them back.
If there are clouds in the sky,
Remember , clouds, like the river, are water.
So, gladly reflect them too,
In your own tranquil depths.
Long lenses magnify. That’s their main job. A 500mm lens offers 10x magnification when compared to a 50mm lens. Any mistakes you would make with a 50mm lens are magnified 10 times with a 500mm lens. Most problems associated with getting sharp images with long lenses are associated with vibration. Vibration can come from many sources. Wind is a major culprit. A tripod that’s not sturdy enough for the lens mounted to it is a major cause of vibration. An inadequate tripod head is also a common source of vibration. So, when using a long lens, one of your primary concerns is to reduce or eliminate vibration.
Probably the simplest method is to add your own weight to the lens by placing a hand on the top of the lens and leaning into it. Press your eye to the viewfinder, (a large, rubber eyecup like the ones Hoodman sells work…
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great illustration! kudos!