Landscape photographers recognize that a foreground can make or break a landscape image. When they plan a shot, the foreground often has striking detail and colors that draw the viewer in. The attention to detail pushes the viewer’s eyes outward toward the background. In this case, it’s Mount St. Helens in focus as the looming mountain rises from the fog. An early morning sunrise adds warm colors and sunlight to further complement the vibrant red of the wildflowers:
Photographer Steve Schwindt photographed these red wildflowers near Mount St. Helens in Washington. His patience paid off as the sun emerged from the clouds. Just then, the fog started clearing to reveal the scene before him and the rest is history. Steve used a Canon 5D Mark II camera with a Canon 17-40mm f/4L lens. In order to have the foreground and background in focus, he focus stacked 8–10 different exposures. His settings were 17mm focal length at ISO 100, f/9.0, and 1/5 second.
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