! and there were some guys that watched me stop and set up. they set up behind me [which of course i'm not a fan of, but what can ya do] and they didn't even shoot because they said they didn't like the light! i was flabbergasted.
Well I was about 2 1/2 ft from the foreground so depth was a slight issue. other than that, with the 14-24mm lens i have found the optimum aperture f8-11. 5.6 is slightly less sharp in the corners. also, shooting with the 12mp d700, lenses are a bit more forgiving so a wider gamut of apertures can provides excellent results, thus i pay more attention to perfect depth of field than to diffraction.