Today’s lesson is landscape. Not lesson for you; lesson for me - I am bad at landscape. There’s so much going on in the frame when shooting ultra wide that it requires a different mindset. It becomes about macro patterns and being able to find lines that aren’t as obvious. Although naturally occurring lines certainly help.

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Last week my sister, Darya, came to visit us. To offset all the eating we did, we hiked Little Si (or ‘Little Sigh’ if you prefer). It started off as kind of a crappy day, gloomy and sad. What’s a little rain to some determined Russian people though? As we arrived at the summit, the clouds parted and we were treated by a pretty special view.

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I grabbed my widest lens in anticipation of the panorama at the top. The problem, though, is that I’m not much of a wide angle guy. I don’t know how to utilize the width correctly, which means that most of my wide angle photos are not very good. Well, unless there’s climbing. I feel like our last Salt Lake adventure was quite successful, photo-wise. Anyway. So I figured this would be a good time to practice the wide without relying on a human subject.

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So, like i said, I started looking for lines. The path is an obvious set of leading lines, but it’s also incredibly boring, just forever bottom-corners-to-center in every frame. And, I mean, I shot a bunch of those, disappointed in every one. After about 15 or 20 of them, I realized that I need to try and make the road do something less standard. It took some time, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’m pretty pleased with these guys.

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Oh. One more thing. The post processing. How do you feel about it? The ones in the forest didn’t get too much work, but the ones with the clouds really got worked a lot. Does it show? Is it too much? I, of course, feel like it’s fine, but i’m also biased.