My roommate and I wanted to get one of those iconic shots of Downtown LA you see from time to time. We figured Kenneth Hahn State Park was a great place to hike up and get a late afternoon shot of Downtown.
This shot was taken with my new Nikon D800 with the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8. I wanted to get a tighter shot, but the 70-200 just didn't have the resolving power to get everything a sharp as I would have liked at 200mm (and it was handheld to boot). Ideally a 600mm would be the best option, and on a tri-pod. But this was more of a scouting mission to let us know that a great shot is to be had here.
A few things I will keep in mind for the next time I head to take this shot.
- Take a tri-pod
- Shoot either really early in the morning or an hour before sunset
- Hopefully have a longer zoom with me
About a longer zoom, I've read recently about a new Tamron 150-600mm coming out for only about $1,000. You can order it at B&H or Adorama. Not only is this lens a steal for the price and focal length, but I can use it for surf photography as well.