Take Part: Push Your Lens to the Limit

Modern camera lenses are wonderful bits of kit but how often do we push them to the limits? By setting out to shoot at our lens’s extreme settings we can force ourselves to be more creative and learn through experimentation.

With overcast conditions forecast I recently headed to Grizedale Forest to get reacquainted with my favourite lens (which has only just returned after 5 months away being repaired).

While I was there I set myself the challenge of taking 4 shots designed to push my lens to the limits:

  • one at the widest focal length
  • one at the longest focal length
  • one at the closest focusing distance
  • one at the largest aperture

If you want to try this challenge yourself you can find details of how to submit your images at the bottom of the page.

Grizedale Forest

By Chris Sale (Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

Wild Horses Monument

…and my front year

By Theresa Rice (Sony 10-18mm f/4)

© Theresa Rice.

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By Jörg Terhart (Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

© Jörg Terhart

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Page, Arizona

By Bobby Babaletskos (Fujinon XF 55-200mm)

© Bobby Babaketskos

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5 Rivers Environmental Center, New York

By Miguel Corona (Olympus 12-40 2.8 PRO)

© Miguel Corona

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By Peter Robinson (Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

© Peter Robinson

Savernake Forest

By Martin Stokes (Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM)

© Martin Stokes

If you would like to take part please contact me using the form below for details of how to submit your images.

3 thoughts on “Take Part: Push Your Lens to the Limit”

  1. Hello Chris and thanks for this challenge. That was a good challenge to improve my view and handling the tool. No matter which lens or camera you finally use it is just a tool. I think I’ll try this challenge more often. In one place, there maybe can be a lot more motives than just one, if you / I fully exploit the limitations of the tool.

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