I didn’t bring my 55-250mm lens. Boy did I miss it! I thought I would take a cue from Henri Cartier-Bresson and shoot the world through a 50mm prime. What do you do if you’re in a boat and the subject is too far away? What do you do if the wildlife is out of reach and there’s not way to get closer? You either pass up the shot or switch lenses. I’ll be switching lenses next time! With travel photography I found that there’s no sense in limiting myself. Who knows the next time I’ll be in Vietnam and have the opportunity to capture the subjects that I sorely missed. If the most common mistake of an amateur photographer is to not fill the frame, then I became guilty based on my proximity to the subject. Lesson learned – always have a zoom lens when traveling!
March 3, 2009
Photography Lessons Learned in Vietnam Part I