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SHOOTING EPIC- CINEMATIC EXTERIORS (4 replies and 1 comment)

canwill35
1 month ago
canwill35 1 month ago

I'm about to shoot a national tv spot in Monument Valley and Moab, UT. I've chosen the Alexa Mini LF with Signature primes. I'm shooting during magic hour to film with backlight.

  1. Is there a focal length that would lend itself best to the landscape?
  2. I plan to shoot the lenses clean, is there a filtration that would help? IR? Polarizer? or am I defeating the purpose of the best optics?
Hans
1 month ago
Hans 1 month ago

Not Roger,

Difficult to say. Depends on the angle (field of view) you need. 

I found this, it’s what I would go for if i didn’t know exactly what angle I would need. 

‘A focal length equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm camera is often considered ideal for landscape photography because it covers a relatively wide angle of view without introducing obvious distortions’

Source: https://www.photoreview.com.au/tips/shooting/lenses-for-landscape-photography/»

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

A wide lens will show you a wide view of a landscape but some of teh ebst shots can be made on a very long lens as well. As I always say, its about context.

Hans
1 month ago
Hans 1 month ago

For inspiration you can also take a look at photo's of Monument Valley on smugmug.com:
https://www.smugmug.com/search/?q=monument+vallwey&c=photos#q=monument+valley»

If you click on a picture, it will enlarge. And just under the lower right corner there's an "i". When clicked, the EXIF info appears showing the camera (sensor size) and focal length used. 

Hans
1 month ago

More inspiration, Koyaanisqatsi:
https://youtu.be/i4MXPIpj5sA?t=432»

dmullenasc
1 month ago
dmullenasc 1 month ago

You can't generalize about what focal length to use for a landscape.  Part of the issue is compression of distance... for example, sometimes a distant mountain range has more dramatic presence on a longer lens, a wide-angle lens can make mountain ranges look smaller and further way. On the other hand, a wide-angle lens can make a foreground meadow or prairie look larger and more expansive.

Polas, ND/IR filters should not affect image quality if they are good, unless they cause you to shoot wide-open. But don't use a Pola unless you need that effect.

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