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on Oct 31, 2019 in Landscape Photography

Love Zoom Landscape

Mammoth Hot Springs
captured by Z7 / 180-400VR

There are times when the wide-angle just doesn’t do it for that landscape photograph. There can be many reasons for that, the most common is simply you can’t zoom with your feet to do the dance: remove elements that take your eye away from the subject while including those elements that support the subject. That was the case this week when in Mammoth Hot Springs and wanting to work the gorgeous light and cold temp making the steam come to life.

Mammoth Hot Springs
captured by Z7 / 180-400VR

The water flows of Mammoth Hot Springs is not what it once was so much of its glory has dried up. There is one edge though where you can still see that spectacular formation and color. It’s a ways off the road with no path to it so can’t zoom with your feet. In order to get the shot, you gotta pull out the big guns. Shooting with the Z7 / 180-400VR with the internal 1.4x engaged, it was possible to literally zoom right in on that detail and make the click. All that was really required was waiting for the breeze to move the steam about so the detail I wanted sharp was clear in the frame. Gorgeous part of our wild heritage!

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