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on Jan 7, 2009 in Landscape Photography

No Wide Angle Landscapes Tonight

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Jake & I went out to take care of some chores and like always, we had our gear in the truck. With the way the clouds were dancing on the Mtn, we knew there would be something. This is the top of Mammoth Mountain, the mtn our home is on and what you see here is the chair lift at 11,059′.

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And just behind Mammoth Mtn are the Minnerets, a set of peaks just to the south of Mt Banner & Ritter. This is a heck of a gorgeous rock that’s in many of my photographs. It’s a good thing it’s right behind our home, I can’t stop staring at them.

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And while the color kept getting better and better, the mood of the clouds darker and heavier, there wasn’t a grand vista shot to be had. When if comes to landscapes, many grab a wide lens and go. The problem is, often the “landscape” shot is only a slice of the over all scene before you. This was just such the case were the cool stuff was this piece here, that piece there that needed the compression of the long glass to bring it out. It’s a balancing act of including those elements critical to your visual statement while excluding everything else that just clouds the story (sorry, it’s been such a long time since I’ve included a bad puns, had to do it).

Photos captured by D3, 600VR / 200-400VR on Lexar UDMA digital film