My telephoto zoom is the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM. I’ve had it for about two or three years now. I bought it, of course, to photograph birds and planes. But, when I look through my photos, it is interesting to see how many of my landscape shots have been taken with the big Sigma.
I have a couple of wide-angles and a 50mm prime, and I do, of course, use these for landscapes. However, when I go out to take photographs, my first instinct is to ensure the big zoom is on the camera. Why? Well, landscapes and buildings tend to stay still, whereas birds tend to take flight and disappear as I approach. Like a boy scout, I like to be prepared. So, I’m prepared for birds, but sometimes see a landscape that is offering itself as a photographic opportunity. And often, I see the possibilities of using the telephoto to crop something interesting out of the scene.
Below are a few such photos that could only look the way they do because they were photographed with a telephoto, and were, perhaps, photographed through intervening haze, or had the foreground compressed, or whatever.