This image was taken in Japan last year with a 24-70. Placing the camera at eye level afforded an intimate view. I believe eye contact is especially important, connecting the viewer with the subject. The use of a wide-angle allowed me to both emphasis the subject and its environment, with the subject being rendered sharp and the background ethereal yet descriptive. We were very fortunate to have left Japan one day prior to the devastating tsunami. I am looking forward to returning next Jan.