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. Thanks Bushboy. Your Cannon PowerShot has a lens that you can control making the aperture wider or longer. The lens just doesn’t come off. Go through your archives and check the properties section of your processing program to find out which aperture you use the most. Or you can just sit this one out.

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  1. I always love seeing a few scenes (Sac Zoo and McKinley Rose Garden) of my former hometown, Anne! Thanks for explaining which lenses do the heavy lifting. This post inspired more content in tomorrow’s Sunday Stills post which I will link back to tomorrow!


  2. Lovely selection of photos Anne!
    This is indeed a challenge for it needs some detective work and working on the laptop 😀. Will give me the opportunity for some technical analysis of my photo collection, which I hardly ever do!


      1. I can understand you. But often these mega zoom lenses don’t have good optical qualities. Once I got borrowed the Sigma 50-500. Although it’s praised by many people on the internet, I have to say, the optical quality is bad. Combining such a huge focal range is alway a compromise: price, weight, size, speed (aperture), and optical quality.
        Depending on the overall surroundings it can be difficult to dangerous to change lenses in the field. For my trips to Namibia for example, I brought two cameras: 1 with a long tele-zoom and the other with the universal 24-120. so, no lens change was necessary. Friends of mine went with 3-4 cameras when they were in Africa years ago for exactly the same reason: no dust to come inside and to be fast enough when an animal appears 😊

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  3. It’s rather interesting to have just read a blog post at Wicked Dark about luck and having a long lens to capture an eagle in a tree, and now one lens photo trips. Both really hit home – traveling light and traveling prepared. Nice series altogether!

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    1. Thanks -N! I like to travel light, but I’m seldom prepared. I’ve viewed tutorials about scouting out your shot and waiting for the perfect moment. With me it’s more of seeing the opportunity and taking the shot.

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      1. Like you, I am not likely to prepare myself by standing around waiting for the proverbial decisive moment. Vivan Maier did it, and I guess Cartier-Bresson did, too. Sometimes I go out for a walk at the local college campus just to shoot some places I like and see what I see. And with a digital, you can just take the scatter gun approach and wait and see when you get home!

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  4. Some interesting thoughts here about how you choose each lens to take out to each specific place. I especially love your macro shots! As I no longer have separate lenses, favouring a fixed lens bridge or even point and shoot camera, I thought at first that this challenge wasn’t for me. Then I realised I was making a similar choice each time I decided which camera to take on an outing. From there it was easy to decide to share my most recent outing with a camera AND with a fellow blogger!

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  5. I loved this challenge. The way you organized your thoughts was so informative. I was grateful for a purposeful walk, AND in tucking my cell phone away for a bit. I love your work and always love when take us to the zoo. Always a pleasure, Anne. Very nice. Thank you.

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  6. I love those floral macro shots, Anne! Your bird photos are so well composed. I have much respect for great wildlife photography. I need to pack my patience when I go on those trips… so often, I forget to bring it along. >grin<


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