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Looking East at the San Juan Mountains from Arches National Park, outside of Moab, Utah.

As the sun was setting, the golden light cast a beautiful glow on the snow caps of the San Juans and illuminated a few colorful, yet darker clouds. I was there with my sister, Cheri and brother-in-law, John. They go to Moab pretty often. I was happy to return there after 20 years. More on that in this post: Arches at Sunrise

North Window is the arch in the right, middle ground. If you look very closely, there is a little speck of white who is a bride with her groom having wedding pictures taken.

Shooting a Landscape Photo with a Telephoto Lens

Have you ever shot a landscape photo with a telephoto lens? One day I was watching photography tutorials on YouTube, like I do often, and I saw a video about it. The video host talked about picking out details in the landscape to accentuate. That sounded like a great idea. Soon enough I was shooting every landscape photo with my telephoto lens. Yet, I wasn’t really happy with the results. Of course I realized that not every landscape photo calls for a telephoto lens.

This past November I went on a trip to Arches National Park, outside Moab Utah with my sister, Cheri, her husband, John and their two daughters. This was the moment I was waiting for to use my telephoto lens for a landscape photo.

The San Juan Mountains were pretty far away and made a beautiful backdrop with the setting sun casting golden light on the snowcapped peaks and a purple, alpenglow to the trees on the mountain.

This picture was made with a 70-200mm Canon f2.8 lens and a 1.4x extender tube, bringing the total focal length to 280mm. Shutter speed was 1/8 second, aperture f/11 and ISO 200.