The Glass House

If you are a follower of Lingua Franca, you already know that I’m taking a photography course at the Shaw Academy in Ireland.  I love their teaching method.  It is very simple and easy to follow.  This is my second course here.

One of the assignments for this week, was to submitt two photographs using different focal lengths.  To accomplish the task I used a Canon zoom lens which is quite powerful.  The lens is the Canon Zoom Lens EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III. The camera was the DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i.  The distance to the subject was roughly one kilometer.  Take a look at the contrasting focal lenghts.

Zoom lens in the hands of a spy must be a powerful tool.  I’m positively sure Mr. James Bond, .a.k.a. Agent 007, has played his tricks using a powerful zoom lens.  I would also include the U.S. Homeland Security guys into the investigative equation as well.  Privacy?  Not a chance in today’s environment after the 9/11 terrorist event.

Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

Wide angle picture of a house in our neighborhood with huge glass windows.  The shot was taken from our back terrace.  As mentioned earlier, the house is about one kilometer away from the our terrace.  Take notice of the lush tropical vegetation.

Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

I pushed the lens to its maximum focal length limit—300mm.  Notice how close the house looks.  Everything is in focus considering the distance of one kilometer away.  Amazing!

Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

This picture was taken with a modest P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS.  Everything is in focus with a deep depth of field.  It was during the Golden Hour on a lazy summer Sunday.  Notice how wide the camera was able to capture the scene.  The grass was brown and dry, typical of the dry season in Panama.

Good Day!


2 thoughts on “The Glass House”

  1. Hola Omar,
    Excellent fotos. You did have me wondering why all the vegetation was so dry looking after all the rainfall? The fotos fooled me into thinking it was current time. I am a motorcycle racing fan and I am always amazed at the close up fotos of the racers at 320 kmh that are so sharply in focus.

    1. Hola Jim y Nena:

      Yea, not all three photos are current. Only the first two are. The third one was taken last year during our very dry season. As you know, we has a scorching drought last year. Don’t know what will happen this year. Pundits are forecasting more rain due to the “La Niña” phenomenon. We’ll wait and see.

      Very powerful lens are used by sports photographers to take those sharp pictures of athletes on the field. But they are huuuuuge and heavy. 🙂

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