One thing I’ve learned about capturing scenic panoramas is that, while long distance views are an important element, the view from the highest point often doesn’t yield the most compelling composition. Instead, images captured from vantage points further down the mountain can be much more immersive.
This was certainly the case with Angels Landing, a geological “fin” that juts into the middle of Zion Canyon and tops out several hundred feet lower than the peaks that frame the valley below. The hike to Angels Landing is quite strenuous and very dangerous, but the rewards are truly breathtaking.
Angels Landing Dreamscape fuses computational photography and artificial intelligence; specifically, it consists of a 30-shot, 152+ megapixel HDR panorama I captured in June 2014 that was ‘interpreted’ by a proprietary enhanced version of Google’s “DeepDream” AI software in November 2016.