Lately, I find that I’m usually choosing one lens to put on my Fuji camera when I go out for a photo outing with my friends. We are usually gone for few hours. I carry nothing else except for an extra battery. I mostly use my 18-55 lens which covers landscape and close ups. I’ve taken it to Bodega Bay to catch ocean scenes and to the Antique Trove to capture some indoor close ups.

When I go to the Sacramento Zoo, I always take my 55-200 mm lens. It does a great job of capturing giraffes and also gets me up close and personal with an orangutan.

You know I love Macro. When I need a lift, I take my Fuji and macro lens to the Green Acres Nursery. There I find many macro-opportunities.

The McKinley Park Rose Garden is another of my favorite places to take my macro lens.

Macro lenses are great for photographing other things like this bird. I was in the Rose Garden and saw it above me.

And then there’s my old trusty prime F/4 300 mm lens I use on my Nikon D7100 for bird shots. I don’t use it often but when I do, I appreciate it. Actually, this lens is why I’m holding on to my Nikon.

If I know I’ll be gone on a longer photo outing and not near my car, I’ll put on my waist pack containing an extra lens giving me a total of 18-200 mm in length. It also carries extra batteries, filters, water, lens cloth and tissues. My problem is, I don’t like changing lenses in the field. Maybe that’s why I challenge myself with one lens each outing.

My challenge for you is to take a lens for a walk. Yes, choose a lens and walk. You can also use your cell phone or point and shoot camera and see what you can do with it. Another trick, when you’re using a zoom lens, is to pick an aperture and stay with it. If you don’t have time or the weather isn’t cooperating, then delve into your archives. Look for images that represent one F stop or close to it. Most of all, have fun! Remember to link to this post when you take us on your one-lens walk and use the Lens-Artists tag.

We all enjoyed looking back with you during Sophia’s challenge last week. I thought your responses were unique and interesting. Next week our newest team member Donna Holland of Wind Kisses will be leading the challenge. Be sure to look for her post. Have a great week!

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122 thoughts on “LENS ARTISTS CHALLENGE #233: A One Lens Walk

  1. Dear Anne First a Happy New Year and of course the stunning closeups , fine captures of nature’s creations. Simply beautiful. Always a pleasure to view

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  2. A very interesting post Anne. I tend to stick with one lens when I go out, though always have my phone in reserve! Usually only the phone in the winter months because of the weather, but with your challenge in mind I took my camera for a walk yesterday (though I have had to cheat with one phone image). The post will be up on Friday.
    Jude xx

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  3. Anne – the images in this post are pleasing to look at. Full of character and especially crisp. The blog you “liked” had two c. 1939 photos taken by my mother who provided instruction with early manual SLR cameras. You may have noted that she had a dark room in her home where she developed, printed and enlarged her photos. She also belonged to a camera club which sent large prints on the road where they were judged and awarded certificates: https://ancestorsintheattic575495595.wordpress.com/2023/01/28/eager-farm-then-and-now/
    Stewart

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    1. Stewart, it’s great that you have this wonderful heritage handed down to you in the form of images. I’m surprised that camera clubs were around then. I have nothing like this for my family past immediate family on my mom’s side. The rest perished in the Holocaust. I don’t have any images or stories handed down for my dad’s side beyond immediate aunts and uncles. Take care!

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  4. Anne: Alas, some of those early large prints with award certificates attached to the back, I have disposed of as I downsized. The best from the early 20th century of historic buildings in the city where she grew up (Brattleboro, VT) are archived in the Vermont. Historical Society. No fancy cameras for me these days – cell phones are too good, but the framing of scenes instruction stays with me. Stewart

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    1. Cell phones have great cameras now. But, the good ones are expensive. It’s a big decision of what to dispose of. I always ask myself, would the kids be interested in this? Would they realize the history? Usually the answer I give myself is no.

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