That Compression Effect

Today’s post features a couple of landscape images I made along the Mount Evans Highway (Colorado) this summer. Usually, whenever I photograph landscapes, I use my wide angle lens (Tamron 17mm-35mm), but with the various mountain peaks in the landscape, I decided to use the Canon 24mm-135mm lens, in the telephoto range, so I could “compress” the mountains together, a look I’ve always liked to achieve whenever you have either mountains or rolling hilltops stacked up, one behind another. Here are my favorite images:

Mount Evans Landscape (Colorado)

Mount Evans Landscape (Colorado)

The stacking effect was pretty minimal in these images, due to using only 135mm of telephoto power. To get even more stacking, I would have placed my 100mm-400mm lens on the body and shot somewhere between 300mm and 400mm. But I didn’t do that in this case, because the scenery was so wonderful, I wanted to include it all! Also, note the car in the lower right of the last image … it helps build a little scale within the image.

Photo Equipment used:

  • Canon 1D Mark III body
  • Canon 24mm-135mm lens (at 135mm)
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter speed 1/40 sec.



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