This image was taken on the island of Ponta Delgada, in the Azores. The location is a dirt road that runs around the rim of a dormant volcano. The interesting thing is that, on the right was a beautiful slope down to a picturesque village on the sea. On the left was a fifteen hundred foot drop down to the volcano’s crater floor, filled with great lakes and farmland. The shot was where nobody was looking.
In my life and career I’ve gone through the usual phases. Newbie, equipment junkie, minimalist, and everything in between. Since I stopped shooting commercial work and started working for myself, I’ve been doing mostly landscapes with a single lens, a 16-85. It’s a terrific, sharp lens that is perfect for grand landscapes and general people work. About six months ago I decided that I needed to stir things up a bit, so I got a 70-200. Longer lenses aren’t usually associated with landscapes but in my case the effect was remarkable.