That Lens Isn't Wide Enough

This past weekend, I met up with a small group of friends to do some waterfall photography in the back woods of North Georgia.  I am always up for waterfall photography!  When you throw in nice weather conditions and a waterfall I've never visited before, I will be even more excited.

I wanted to make sure I was traveling light for the trip, so I only took the Canon 5D IV and the new Tamron 24-70mm G2 Lens.  This was my second chance to try out the new Tamron Lens.  I have no idea how they did it, but they managed to make it even better than the previous 24-70, which I used more than any other lens in my arsenal. 

One of the falls we visited was Crow Creek Falls.  It has two parts, an Upper Crow Creek Falls and a Lower Crow Creek Falls.  I enjoyed the upper falls much more and spent more time photographing it. 

Did I mention that I only brought my 24-70mm lens?  When I typically shoot these water scenes, I like to use a wide angle lens and anchor the foreground with something.  In my experience going with a wider lens, like a 15-30mm is usually too wide for these scenes.  It also presents a bit of another problem in the fact that you will absolutely need a circular polarizer for these scenes...and although I have the polarizer setup for that lens, it is bulky and takes a bit of work to assemble.  I went the lazy route and stuck with the 24-70mm lens and its easy peasy, screw on polarizer.

Aperture-priority, 2.5 sec, f/16, ISO 100, 24mm

I wanted to use this group of rocks and small cascade as my foreground anchor, but when I tried that at 24mm I was losing the main waterfall in my composition.  I need to be wider!  Crap, I was lazy and didn't bring my wider lens.  What did I do?  I took two shots.  One for the foreground, then another including the main waterfall in the background overlapping the scene by about 30%.  In Lightroom I used the Photo Merge feature to create a panoramic out of the two images.  I got the composition I wanted and I could still be a little lazy by only bringing one lens...winner winner chicken dinner!

Image made with Canon 5D IV, Tamron 24-70mm G2 Lens and Sirui Circular Polarizer.  Gear supported by a Sirui W-2204 Tripod and K-20x Ballhead.

Minnehaha Falls in North Georgia

Last week we had our Gibbs Garden Waterlily Workshop.  It went fantastic!  The weather was dang near perfect, the participants were amazing and the waterlilies were off the charts awesome!

I stayed over in Georgia an extra day so David and I could go shoot some waterfalls in the area.  We also had what is now dubbed "The Semi-Annual Nature In Focus Company Meeting"  to discuss plans about which workshops to include for the upcoming year.  These meetings usually start off with a vanilla pudding filled long john from Deb's Bakery in Jasper.  If they don't start that way, then they are a huge disappointment.  

We decided to head to Minnehaha Falls in North Georgia Friday morning.  I experienced a few "firsts" that morning.  It was my first trip to the falls.  It was my first time using the Tamron 15-30 Lens with a monstrous circular polarizer on the front and it was my first time putting my new Sirui R-5214X Tripod in the water.  

This Sirui Tripod is a beast!  When I say beast I mean like a beast that is big and strong, not hairy and very light to carry through the woods.  OK, seriously, it is amazing how light and easy to carry this tripod is for it's size.  

The Tamron 15-30 did not disappoint either.  It produced amazingly sharp images and I'm looking forward to getting one of my own so I can add it to the ole landscape arsenal.

ISO 100, 15mm, F/22 @ 20 Seconds

This image was made with my Sony A7R, a borrowed Novaflex Lens Adapter and a borrowed Tamron 15-30mm Lens.  All resting a top the mighty Sirui R-5214X tripod and K-40X Ballhead.

The morning was fantastic!  The clouds hung out long enough for us to capture great images, I spent some time just sitting on the rocks and letting my feet soak in the stream's cold water and I was there hanging out with a good friend.  Oh, that long john was mighty fine, too ;)