Today’s shot was taken at Lake Minnewashta only a few miles from my house. It’s actually my friend Keith’s backyard. He’s got an absolutely unbelievable spot located right on the lake. I’m pretty sure I’d have a bonfire just about every night if this were my yard! I was visiting Keith to talk photography as he was prepping for a big journey to Ukraine.
We were walking around his place as we were discussing some of the finer points of how to shoot with a wide-angle lens when I took this picture. It illustrates some of the key lessons to wide-angle shooting – make sure you’ve got something in the foreground by getting REALLY close to your foreground subject. I was about a foot from the deck chairs when I shot this picture. It’s also important to pay attention to the horizon line.. it will bow up or down at the extreme wide focus lengths. If you place it in the center (normally a no-no!), it will stay straight.
Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L @ 17mm ISO 400, f/16, 1/60 sec.