What's interesting about location shooting is that the overall landscape often doesn't matter. As long as there are enough angles to get the look you want, it doesn't matter what is outside the camera frame.
Dennis and I walked the site on two different occasions and shot photos of potential angles to discuss with D.P. Alexander Ibrahim. I storyboarded based on these discussions and photos. By the time we got to location we usually knew where to plunk down the camera for each shot, and how to arrange the shooting schedule to work with changing sunlight, etc.