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Long Lens Landscapes

Seems a bit of a contradiction but a telephoto can be a very effective lens for compelling landscape images. I started out shooting landscapes with the ultra-wide angle, which can be utilized to create depth in an image through an in-your-face foreground pulling the viewer in. Long lenses of maybe 200mm plus can be great for isolation or compression of elements to show repeating lines and patterns. I have been slowly adding images when they present themselves, but on my recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, I got 2 I was happy with and figured I would dig up some of the others.

At, 400mm I was able to isolate the layers of trees and the fog that separated them.

I was actually hoping to get an image like this from the Painted Hills before I even got there. I was happy the light cooperated, softly highlighting the center of the image so it was bordered in both color tone and luminosity.

A young slash pine among larger trees. The 400mm allowed me to isolate this tree and compress the depth of the background trees, giving the appearance of a denser forest.

Long lenses also can elp when the light is not ideal. Here, in tough light, I shot this scene in the shadowed side of the hill.

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Land of the Sleeping Rainbows

I have been trying to get through images form my recent trip to Utah and Arizona. I was invited by the Patels (Jay and Varina) and had a great time exploring some less visited places. The first night and next day were spent at the Land of the Sleeping Rainbows. It is located in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I could have easily spent my entire trip here and not captured it all. Everything from the grand scenic to intimate landscapes and macros were everywhere. The hardest part was picking which lens to use next. I ended up having pictures from the 16-35, 28-75, 180 macro, and the 100-400mm.. Here are some of my early favorites from this area.

Land of the Sleeping Rainbows II

An interesting old juniper, I faintly light painted it with an LED in th esame direction as the full moon. I wanted it too look very natural, just giving the moonlight a little help basically.

An interesting old juniper, I faintly light painted it with an LED in the same direction as the full moon. I wanted it too look very natural, just giving the moonlight a little help basically.

An especially nice area of stripes and colors. I used the Tamron 180 macro for this one.

An especially nice area of stripes and colors. I used the Tamron 180 macro for this one.

These balls of rock and mud were scattered throught this dry creek bed.

These balls of rock and mud were scattered throughout this dry creek bed.

I liked how this tree stood out from the red hills behind.

I liked how this tree stood out from the red hills behind.

Getting up on top of the hills provided a beautiful view all around.

Getting up on top of the hills provided a beautiful view all around.

A moment of sunlight on this overcast day lit these grasses nicely.

A moment of sunlight on this overcast day lit these grasses nicely.

Thanks for stopping in and having a look.

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