Can you fit the Red Centre into a 50mm lens?

Yes. And these incredible photos prove it.
Taking it all in, Kings Canyon © Lucy Piper
By Lucy Piper

I was in a bit of a predicament. I was heading to the Red Centre for the weekend, but all of my usual lens options were out on other shoots (I work as the video production manager for Intrepid Travel, so part of my job involves making sure our guys on trips have the gear they need to take great photos!).

I was left with no choice but to head into the middle of the outback with nothing but my trusty 50mm - it was the perfect opportunity to try out the '50mm challenge'. With a limited field of view, it was going to be tricky to capture the scale of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. But I didn’t have a choice, So there you go.

The great thing about the 50mm challenge is that it forces you to be strict with composition. A lot of the shots below are more miss than hit, but it was an excellent discipline to practice for a few days.

I was travelling with Adventure Tours Australia on their 3-day Rock to Rock tour, guided by the legendary ATA leader Cardie, as well as the Aboriginal guide Vance for our Mala walk around part of the base of Uluru. The trip was superb. In fact, I love it so much that this is the second time I have travlled on this itinerary.

Get to the Red Centre, it will blow your mind. And while you're at it, why not take on the 50mm challenge too?

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