The importance of a good foreground in landscapes.
Late afternoon in Wadi Rum, Jordan and I climbed to the top of a rock outcrop to survey the scene. The sandy floor of the valley with its sparse vegetation and the mountains in the background looked good but I wanted something of interest in the foreground as well. The outcrop I was standing on filled the bottom of the frame nicely but demanded a narrow aperture to give sufficient depth of field to get it all in focus.
I recall reading the advice of a respected landscape photographer many years ago in which he preached the value of finding some interesting foreground detail to include in landscape photographs. It was a lesson worth recalling (particularly when using wide angle lenses). Trying placing your hand over the lower third of this image and I think you'll agree its a nice scene but just lacking something, a bit flat. With the foreground included, the image takes on a more three dimensional quality, a quality always worth searching for! A sturdy tripod meant the slow shutter speed wasn't a problem. ~KD.
Canon 5D, 24-105mm zoom at 28mm, F14, shutter speed 1/25 second at ISO 100.