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David Hay • Best Focal Lengths for Mountain Photography

With such a vast depth of field, how can you capture mountainous regions with clarity and style? The right lenses, and more advice, are at your fingertips by David Hay

Recently, three of my friends told me they were going photographing in the Dolomites region of Italy. As they knew I had been there before, we agreed to meet up so I could share my advice on which lenses I had found most useful and which areas I had found most photogenic.

Most of us, and I am no exception, have too many lenses. When it comes to planning a photographic expedition to a new area, the temptation is to take everything with you, just in case you might need it. But mountain photography is different, as you will not get better photographs if you are weighed down with too much heavy equipment while negotiating narrow, icy mountain paths at high altitude.

When I was there, I had my usual lightweight travel kit of three zoom lenses, which between them gave me the full-frame equivalent of ...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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