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    • Great article, Lauri. I was talking to Robert Evans, the respected wedding photographer, about how he selects second shooters for weddings, and his response was: "I want to know what they see, because you shoot what you see."

      He went on to say that 80% of the photos are bought by the bride and mother of the groom, and what they care about are the emotional moments. The tears, the joy, the long embraces.

      I often think about that when I shoot landscapes. I don't really see flowers and meadows and peaceful streams. I see drama: cliffs, lightning, stormy skies, thundering waterfalls. I'm drawn to longer lenses that make the mountains look steeper and closer together. At SmugMug we had a Chinese customer, Leping Zha, who saw drama as I do with longer lenses, and I plastered his photos all over our walls.

      Here's his shot of Yosemite's tunnel view. He didn't show the whole view, but what he captured was dramatic.

    • Thanks so much Chris - sorry for the delay in my reply, new platform takes me awhile to remember to put it in my "check platforms" rotation. So many places, so little time.

      I appreciate your comments and insights. I love that you don't see the typical things when shooting. Thank you for sharing Leping Zha's work also, wow.

      There are always so many ways to shoot a scene, it's easy for many to get caught up in the 'norm' shots.