Most landscape photos are with wide-angle lenses. This technique is often used to show-off the grand scale of a beautiful scene. By using foreground objects with a wide-angle lens you can make perception tricks, making small near objects look larger than massive far away one. I will normally do landscape images in this fashion, but yesterday I wanted to try something different.
It has been a few weeks since I made a concerted effort to go out and shoot. Lately I've spent a lot of time digitizing old photos and VHS tapes and the skies here have not been very exciting for awhile now. Yesterday, I decided I wanted to get out and take some photos. I headed out an hour before sunset and while driving to the west side of the island, I still had not decided where I wanted to go. As I was driving I was watching the skies and thinking what would be a good composition. As I approached Kadena Marina, I had an idea and decided to pull in and see how it would come together. I thought it might be interesting to do a telephoto shot of the island with the sunset in the background. Fortunately I arrived about 20 minutes before sunset and did some quick scouting to see what look I wanted. Of course one of the challenges of sunset shooting is you usually only get one, maybe two, compositions before the sun is gone so you need to be firm with what you want to go with before setting up because, you can't really decide as you capturing the moment that this isn't going to work and try other alternatives. This is also why we landscape photographers will go to a location over and over again because the light can be different every day and present new looks, and we can try those other compositions we considered but couldn't do with the 10-20 minutes one has with a sunset. As I was doing my scouting, I saw the upturned row boat out on the island and definitely decided to go with the telephoto route so I could clearly see the boat in the photo. I did take some wide-angle photos, and may post them some time, but I liked this look better for this day.