The Citadel

Landscapes are sometimes assumed to be best shot with wide-angle lenses. These days, I find myself reaching for my telephoto lens more and more. It’s a great way to change up the composition in dramatic ways, create an abstract, or isolate a subject from chaos.

This particular morning, I started shooting with a wide-angle lens. But as the sky evolved, the sun was quickly retreating to a small portion of the sky, leaving my wide composition with a lot of gray. I had been looking at this incredible pyramid shape the whole time I was shooting my primary composition for the morning. As soon as the sky started to turn, I swapped out the 14mm for a an 80mm to capture this stunning scene near Moab, Utah.


Sunrise over pyramid-shaped mountain

Greg Benz Photography