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A great landscape is supposed to have an interesting foreground, midground and background region. I have lots and lots of images where I liked the scenery but just had nothing in the foreground to add interest. Often the boring foreground is a lake -- just water, no reflections or interest. In this case I have a mountain scene with miles of featureless dirt and sagebrush and no way to get a closeup of individual plants.
I guess this sort of image will never fall into the great landscape category, but I would like to end up with the best travel snapshot I can have. I often can't decide whether to keep the boring foreground to provide some sense of place or just crop it out. Here is an example with two different crops. Which works better?
Canon EOS REBEL T3i EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens 163mm f/11.0 1/1000s 200 ISO 0.0 EV