Picture This!
I Can See For Miles

Our Picture This! assignment for this month is "I Can See For Miles," a request for the long view of things made from a high vantage point, or at least one that allowed the eye to see toward the horizon. We looked for scale and leading lines, as well as locales that inspired awe and wonder. Readers responded with many images from the American West, the land of the long horizon, as well as some great images from urban centers and ocean shores.

Up, Up & Away

There's nothing like a balloon ride to give you a far view, and that's what Larry Young got working with his Nikon D200 and Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens. Exposure was f/7.1 at 1/320 sec at ISO 200.
© 2008, Larry Young, All Rights Reserved


The sea cliffs create patterns that recede into the distant haze in this shot of the Dingle Headlands in County Kerry, Ireland, made by Ken Haun. He worked with a Pentax LX and a 100mm lens and exposed on Fujichrome Provia 100F film.
© 2008, Ken Haun, All Rights Reserved


The enormity of the landscape is made apparent by the scale created with inclusion of the craft in the lower corner of the frame. Emilio Fernandez caught this dramatic shot with a Nikon D1X and a Nikkor 20mm lens; exposure was f/22 at 1/30 sec at ISO 400.
© 2008, Emilio Fernandez, All Rights Reserved

Looking Toward Montmartre

This incredible patchwork and play of light was photographed by Irwin H. Segel from the terrace of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. He worked with a Nikon D80 and a Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens; exposure was f/11 at 1/640 sec at ISO 400.
© 2008, Irwin H. Segel, All Rights Reserved

Olympic National Park

The amazing play of cloud, water, and land stretching down the valley was photographed by Paul A. Newman with a Canon EOS Rebel XTi and a Tamron 18-250mm lens. Exposure was f/14 at 1/60 sec.
© 2008, Paul A. Newman, All Rights Reserved


We join this warrior atop a high, holy mountain in Kenya in looking out to the horizon. Henry S. Hamlin made this photo with a Nikon 8008 and a Tamron 28-200mm lens on Ektachrome 100 film.
© 2008, Henry S. Hamlin, All Rights Reserved

Mt. Shasta

The peak of the mountain is etched within the deep blue sky in this shot by M.W. Hallock. He worked with an Olympus EVOLT E-300 and a 14-45mm lens.
© 2008, M.W. Hallock, All Rights Reserved

Distant Storm

The bright light on the cliffs of Bryce Canyon are made even more brilliant by the approaching storm in the distance. Neal Parker caught the light with his Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens. Exposure was f/8 at 1/90 sec.
© 2008, Neal Parker, All Rights Reserved

Grand Canyon

Tom Faranda's shot of the Grand Canyon caught clouds in motion and the changing light of the late afternoon. He worked with a Nikon D80 and a Nikkor 18-135mm lens; exposure was f/16 at 1/250 sec.
© 2008, Tom Faranda, All Rights Reserved

Little Painted Desert, Arizona

The play of light and shadow and layers of color were photographed by David Erickson with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2; exposure was f/4.5 at 1/100 sec.
© 2008, David Erickson, All Rights Reserved