The Big Picture: How Photographer Iswar Biswal Captured an Epic Landscape Panorama in Alaska

© Iswar Biswal

You don’t always need to wait for the perfect hour or the perfect light to capture an image. Sometimes you should just go for it.

That’s what photographer Iswar Biswal did with this epic panorama, which was shot on the way to Denali National Park in Alaska.

“At times, one doesn’t need to wait for the blue hour or golden hour to shoot the picture,” Biswal says. “This is shot middle of the day, standing from a viewpoint and hand-held.”

You can see a larger version of the image here.

The photo is a three-shot pano captured with a Sony A6500 mirrorless camera and a Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens at 209mm, f/10, 1/500 second, ISO 320. He said the biggest challenge with photographing something as dramatically awesome as an Alaskan landscape is to isolate a single composition in a vast wilderness.

But even Biswal admits that a photographer can only do so much.

“The gorgeous view is more soothing to the eye in person than seeing it in picture,” he notes. You can see more of Biswal’s work at