When we visit Umbria, we stay at a charming little house my Mother-in-law owns in a village perched on the top of a hill. From the first floor balcony, there is a 180 degree sweeping vista over a valley to the distant hills. But, with telephone poles, electricity pylons and a scattering of not-particularly-nice-looking farm buildings in the foreground, it is difficult to get a decent image of the vista (by my definition of “decent” at least!).
Instead, I’ve found that a telephoto lens can be used quite effectively to search for and photograph more interesting compositions out of the wider view. I could sit for hours just picking out images as the same scenes are transformed by the changing light. To see an example of this transformation, check out my previous post which shows the same building in different light.