SHOOTING EPIC- CINEMATIC EXTERIORS (4 replies and 1 comment)
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.
- Is there a focal length that would lend itself best to the landscape?
- 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?
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’
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.
For inspiration you can also take a look at photo's of Monument Valley on smugmug.com:
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.
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.