Story Behind the Lens

This photo was taken while on the mountain skiing this past winter in St. Moritz. My ski instructor inevitably was telling my sister not to stop where she stopped, and would ski right on past me. The sky opened up for the first time in three days, and I wanted to capture the clouds. I was going to make it happen.

So, I stopped in the middle of the ski run.

For the shot I needed to have as much aperture as I possibly can and I even sacrificed a bit of the clarity to make sure I could raise the aperture more and more. What’s really interesting is I think the mountain in the foreground splits the photo in two and makes your eyes ‘wander’ past the hill a bit. This is what drives that effect of depth even more than usual. Look at the photo below, and you will see incredible depth, but it doesn’t seem as drastic as the one above.

The reason for this is the split, if you imagine a log in the middle of a forest floor you are ‘that much more’ enticed with looking over the log as you would be being content with knowing what’s in front of you with what you see.

The saying, “the grass is greener on the other side” highly applies here.

What were you trying to capture?

I really wanted to get those clouds. I didn’t care about the mountain as much as the clouds and the peak of the mountain. This conclusion really drove the depth and really brought the rest of the picture to its close.

I think there are a number of sayings which help you with creating this puzzle, and they all end with focus on first things first, the focus on the rest of the details when you get your main subject fixed in focus first.


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