San Rafael Swell - part 2

Temple Mountain - 20 mm
Nikon D200, Sigma 10-20 mm f/4.0-5.6, 20 mm (30 mm FX), 1/160s, f/8, -0.5 EV, ISO 100


Sometimes it is tempting to keep the wide angle lens on the camera all the time, especially when dramatic clouds frame the landscape. During our stay in the San Rafael Swell I wanted to try things a little different than the first time I have been there. I have never done much with my Sigma 150, f/2.8 when it came to landscape photography, but I like the results I have seen from other photographers with their 70-200 mm lenses at 200 mm focal length.

The first image of Temple Mountain was made from our second campsite. A strong, very cold wind was blowing and the appearance of the clouds changed constantly. The wide angle lens catches the scene very good, although the branches are a little blurry because of the wind.


Temple Mountain 3
Nikon D200, Sigma 150 mm f/2.8, 1/320s, f/8, -0.5 EV, ISO 100


The second image was made from about the same location, just ten minutes earlier. I really like how the light brings out the structure of the foreground and how each level of rocks up to the snowy mountains in the background has a different color. Both pictures reflect the mood of this stormy evening in a slightly different manner, but my favorite is the shot with the 150, f/2.8. I guess it will not be the last landscape image I will make with this lens.