Within the genre of landscape photography there are wide vistas, the “grand landscape”, and landscape images that draw upon a closer interaction – known as the “intimate landscape”. I have always enjoyed the intimate landscape more than the grand vista. For me, intimate landscapes are about isolating just that part of the overall view that is most exciting. Maybe growing up in the city made me appreciate smaller tracts of natural areas more. Even here in the rural Bucks County, grand vistas are more like, well baby grands.

My first thought for landscapes is to make them pleasing in composition and color. I like strong lines and contrasting tones. And because I work to create intimate landscapes more often than not, I am usually using a telephoto lens instead of a wide angle. For this image below I was using an Olympus E3 and an Olympus 50-200mm SWM zoom (the equivalent of a 100-400mm lens on 35mm or full frame cameras). 

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