Shooting landscapes is by far where I am the most comfortable and have the most experience. I take the approach of studying a particular city or subject and seek to absorb as much knowledge as possible to prepare myself for what I’m about to encounter. It’s a very cerebral and calculated process that sets me up for a greater chance of making powerful photographs. When you have a finite amount of time in a place you’ve never been, every second counts. In order to balance out my approach, I also leave room for spontaneity by purposefully choosing an area or landmark in a new place that I haven’t researched. This way, I get the best of both worlds and I can keep shaking things up to keep things interesting. The photographs below were shot with either my Canon 5D or 5D Mark II—paired with my favorite lens ever, the 16-35mm f4L. I use Adobe Lightroom to push my work as far as I can to get the best representation of my vision that a raw file can provide.