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ABOUT FAILURE IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Updated: Jul 5

Landscape image of a mountain in dolomites
Soft foreground elements irreversibly stay soft.

Long have I been looking forward to my four days in the Dolomites end of June. I chose this time of year because of the wild flower season.


So, fully equipped I hit the road with my camper van going for some serious landscape photography. And the conditions in the Dolomites were perfect! Sunny spells alternating with dramatic clouds and rain. One couldn't wish for a better weather for shooting landscapes!


On the 3rd day, only in the last moment actually, I discovered what I found to be the best fields of wild flowers. With my new manual 9 mm 7artisans lens (no fish eye!) an my Sony A7r iii I carefully composed the scene, and because of the 9mm I had no problem getting everything in the frame.


BUT: In my arrogance I did not fully consider its rather limited minimum focusing distance of 20 cm/7.8 inches. Too bad!


Even with turning the focus ring manually six times (focus bracketing) while shooting, the foreground remains soft. Sadly, I realized only at home that I screwed up one of my best images.

So, another learning: ALWAYS CHECK FOREGROUND SHARPNESS!


Also, I have another reason to satisfy my gear acquisition syndrome by getting the new 10 mm Venus lens (with a much lower minimum focusing distance)!

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