Far and wide

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In a previous post I talked about how important it is to get out of your car if you really want to experience Yosemite. I think that this image, from [wikipop]Lembert Dome[/wikipop], speaks volumes to that point. The scale in this shot is enormous but many folks who visit the area never leave that tiny ribbon of asphalt in the middle/right of the image.

This shot was taken very near where I took the photo for my Land of Giants post. The real difference was in my choice of equipment. My Canon 15mm fisheye takes in a full 180 degree field of view, which is larger than the eye can see, and compresses the it into this scene. The previous shot was at 40mm giving only about one third the field of view. In addition to offering a really wide field of view, the fisheye gives me nearly infinite depth of field. At f/16, where this was shot, my depth of field is roughly from 1′ to infinity, allowing for some really interesting perspective shots. The more I play with this lens, the more I enjoy it. I can’t wait to use it on the Eastern Sierra Workshop, with Gary Hart, at the end of the month. There still are spaces available, I’d love to see you there.