Last week on a photo shoot to the desert I decided to challenge my composition skills by only using a Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens. It’s a great lens. I’ve found it to be very sharp. And for a geezer who is price conscious, less expensive than the f1.4 version.
By choosing to use a 50mm lens I would have to move about to make the best possible composition. I used a tripod. And because my remote trigger cord malfunctioned I used the camera’s self-timer.
Driving up Arizona 88, the Apache Trail Highway, I turn off and parked at the beginning of the First Water Road. This location is adjacent to the Superstition Mountain State Park where I like to hike and photograph.
A well-defined trail led me toward the rocky escarpment of Superstition Mountain. Giant Saguaro, Teddy Bear Cholla and many other species of cactus were scattered over the desert floor.
I hoped that the images I took would realistically show the desert as I saw it in the mid afternoon sun. I found that my 50mm worked well except when I came too close to the Teddy Bear Cactus. Its spines and barbs just seem to jump out to snag an unaware visitor. An ankle full of barbs was enough warning. I made a note to include a pair of pliers in my bag next time I’m around these jumpers.
After that painful incident when I needed a little wiggle room I substituted my 50mm with my Nikon 12mm to 24mm zoom.
The mountains serve as a wonderful backdrop to the beauty of the desert. Compared to hikes I made last year the foliage this time was much greener. I’m hoping for a spectacular bloom of flowers in March.