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Dec 31, 2010 13:59 |  #1

The other day was an absolute winter wonderland. Got a lot of great captures. Here's a couple. Thanks for CC and general comments.


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Dec 31, 2010 18:44 |  #2

Nicely done.


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Dec 31, 2010 19:55 |  #3

Beautiful images. Good choice on B&W and nice light in both shots.


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Dec 31, 2010 20:03 |  #4

i can appreciate that pictures are awesome but would someone mind explaining the elements that make these pictures awesome?


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Dec 31, 2010 21:24 |  #5

Corban227 wrote in post #11549912 (external link)
i can appreciate that pictures are awesome but would someone mind explaining the elements that make these pictures awesome?

I think I can explain this: first, no one used a word "awesome", I only said these two were beautiful. And what makes them beautiful is the fact that they stand out among so many other images that I see daily on POTN. We use these words subjectively and arbitrarily, based on our taste and opinion. Now you tell me if there is something wrong with this... Happy New Year... :)


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Jan 01, 2011 01:20 |  #6

ok that wasn't my question and i think these pics are awesome. however what elements cause these pics to be so well composed? my eyes aren't trained like i would want them to be and the only way to train them is to have others tell you what makes pictures good, why they look good, and how to compose pictures. e.g. If you were a professor teaching a class what would you say is good about these pictures.

the purpose of me asking these questions is not only so that i can learn to replicate this composition but also for me to learn how to see photography composition when i'm just walking around. Because i'm new to this i'm still not sure what elements i should look for or try to include or exclude when i'm taking pictures.


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Jan 01, 2011 02:01 |  #7

Lovely (but I wouldn't go as far as awesome which is reserved for very, very few images - ones that I feel can't be improved, to my eye!) :)

#1 has simplicity but a good balance with positioning of the trees/shadow in the frame as well as the proportions of tree to surroundings

#2 has the lead-in from the bottom right corner into the shot, down the line of trees (which look spectacular with their coat of snow). The sky is on the 1/3rd and a lovely clear blue and the whole image has a nice balance


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Jan 01, 2011 06:22 |  #8

2 nice shots Ed.
We have seen our share of frost and snow too. We have not seen the nice blue skies to give the nice contrast you captured.


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Jan 01, 2011 11:17 |  #9

Corban227 - some other things to note. Take photo #2. Good exposure ... the snow is white, the sky is a beautiful blue ....
Focus is good ... probably a small aperture setting. ( sorry ...didn't look at the exif data )
If you follow the lead-in ( probably a creek ) you will note a little bit of an "S" curve to it. That allows your eye to wander through the scene. The stronger element of the creek is the left bank .. I may have tried to get that to be on more of a diagonal, but it's hard to know if that would improve the shot.


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Jan 01, 2011 12:15 |  #10

A real good pair, the stark simplicity of the first is attractive, the B&W conversion works well.

Second the soft/sensuous curve of the lead in line complements and contrasts with the rugged harshness of the landscape so well.


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Jan 01, 2011 13:27 |  #11

Beautiful.


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Jan 02, 2011 11:54 as a reply to  @ rlrouse's post |  #12

Great captures.




  
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Jan 02, 2011 12:00 |  #13

Corban227, also look to the details in the shots. For example, there are tracks in the second shot that make you wonder who... or what... left them.


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Jan 02, 2011 22:12 |  #14

So many great comments and I appreciate the healthy discussion. That morning I woke up and with some overcast sky and a winter wonderland I put some bird food in their feeder, took a few shots of Downy Woodpecker, Juncos, finches, and Chickadees. The sky began to clear and I could see a hint of blue. I loaded up my landscape package 5D, 24-105, 17-40, 70-200 2.8 IS II and tripod.

Often I have a record in my mind where good subjects would be based on the time of day and conditions. I've photographed these two trees before, but the creek shot was a first, though I had driven over it many times. One thing that gripped me is the side lighting on the two trees and the shadow cast toward the left. I handheld the two trees shot with my 70-200mm @ 105mm 1/1250, f/8.
There was some PP in that I cloned out a couple of fenceposts that definitely took away from the image. Ran a High Pass filter, Dodged the whites a little in the snow to prevent a too gray tone, masked the sky and darkened it bit, converted to B&W.

After I had shot the trees, I drove down the blacktop crossed over the creek and all I could say is WOW. I parked the van and walked back standing in the middle of the bridge composed the shot.
There was little PP done at all. It's pretty close to the image that came out of the camera. What helped with saturation is the use of a polarizing filter.


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Jan 03, 2011 02:26 as a reply to  @ Ed Harp's post |  #15

Great looking shots. The blue sky indeed helped with the contrast.


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