Does this ever happen to you?

Picture: Flowing water next to rock in waterfall (Detail), Horsetail Falls, Desolation Wilderness, California

Image: Flowing water next to rock in waterfall (Detail), Horsetail Falls, Desolation Wilderness, California

Does this ever happen to you?

You follow a moderately difficult trail a mile and a half (mostly uphill) through mountainous terrain at an elevation over 6,000 feet, on a trail you’ve never been on, to reach a waterfall you’ve seen but not been to, and come face to face with a wonderful cascade of water tumbling hundreds and hundreds of feet over steep Sierra granite…?

… then do you also (like me) spend most of your time shooting tiny little detail shots with a telephoto lens on pictures that perhaps show only 0.0025% of said waterfall?

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7 Comments on “Does this ever happen to you?”

  1. roteague Says:

    Do I? No, Should I? Yes. Or at least I should spend more time taking detail shots; I tend to go for the wide view, taking in as much as possible. I need to do more detail shots, however.

  2. Richard Wong Says:

    I think it depends on my mood for that day but if it required that much effort to get there detail shots would probably a secondary priority.

  3. Steve Gingold Says:

    Sure…why not? The whole undertaking is to capture the beauty we see before us and not that which is prescribed by expectations. I think Richard’s response fits well as our mood will definitely affect what we see.

  4. Mark Says:

    I have had similar situations when the wider view just wasn’t coming together for me. I might take a shot as a snapshot, but cherish the detail shots more.

  5. Jim Lundgren Says:

    If your vision was recorded, does it matter? (I’m like you, frequently absorbed by the details and sometimes forgetting about the “big picture.”

  6. QT Luong Says:

    To me, rarely, but Charles Cramer photographed just a tree after hiking all the way to the Diving Board which is harder than Half-Dome.

  7. Greg Russell Says:

    I’m quite easily distracted. The “landmark” is just a means to an end…but it rarely ends up being the end.

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