Do you sometimes feel your landscapes just lack depth, that the picture you took with that wide angle is just not right. Well, maybe the answer is to use a longer lens. Similarly, your portraits seem to just capture to much of the surrounding scene. Again, switch to a longer focal length, isolate your subject from the distracting backgrounds and watch the magic happen.
Above is beautiful and photogenic Suvera, photographed in a playground, and I really had problems with a very distracting background, so I switched to my trusty 80-200f2.8 lens and snapped this one at 125mm, notice how the background just melted. (D610, 1/100sec, ISO100 and f2.8)
Another example, where I knew that the same scene just would not work with a wide angle lens. This one was taken with my manual focus 105mm f2.5 AI-s lens. (D610, 1.3 sec, f11, ISO100, tripod).
So, be brave, take a fresh look at that longer lens just wasting away in your cupboard.
Till next time.