Carole Kropscot, FPSA  

Textures in Nature - On the Rocks by Carole Kropscot, FPSA

February 2021 - Textures in Nature - On the Rocks

About the Image(s)

Side-lighting emphasizes texture. My camera club arrived at this scene to shoot some golden light at the Kit Bond Bridge in downtown Kansas City. I sat down on the rocks to get a low perspective and lots of rocks. Actually, we went there to take night shots, but I loved this lighting set-up, too, although almost no one else bothered to take a picture until twilight. And everyone else was standing at their tripods and shooting at eye level. Moral of the story: don't stand where everyone else is! I did a little post-processing in Photoshop Camera Raw filter with blue-ing the sky and easing up on the shadowed areas (just using the slider).

8 comments posted

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
See my camera club people standing close together up near the bridge? I never even shot from their location. Not a place I would choose!   Posted: 02/03/2021 20:37:32

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Ah, Carole, you are wise. Many years ago Kodak went to National Parks and actually put Kodak signs up at all the iconic locations. There must have been millions of identical pictures in photo albums everywhere. You captured the bridge beautifully. The lighting and exposure is excellent. There is good balance between the bridge and the rocky shore. The triangle created by the diagonal of the rocks and the horizontal of the bridge adds impact. Bet your fellow members are sorry they didn't follow your lead.   Posted: 02/10/2021 10:35:27
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Actually, not one person could figure out why I wasn't WITH the group up by the bridge! I think the overall goal was to get a photo of just the bridge lit up at night. Nobody seemed to realize the potential of taking photos before dusk or night! I was surprised at them missing some photo opportunities and spending all that time and effort to get just that one iconic shot at night.   Posted: 02/14/2021 13:58:28

Ally Green   Ally Green
Yes Carole nice to be wise and to stand out and do something different. You have a great eye! The golden light on the bridge and on the rocks compliment each other and you have a nice depth of field in the rocks too. Nice to have the rocks in the foreground leading my eye to the bridge. Not sure if its my computer but there seems to be a few dustspots in the sky but could be that my computer screen needs a clean! I wonder if you cropped out the people and the pylons so just to focus on the bridge and the rocks?   Posted: 02/13/2021 17:26:03
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
I didn't see those spots until you mentioned them...but I had to use a magnifying glass! Probably birds. The camera doesn't use interchangeable lenses, so probably not dust on the sensor.   Posted: 02/14/2021 14:02:58

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
It's always funny with camera outings. People travel and stand in packs. I actually didn't even notice them until you wrote about them. :)
I like the subject with the rocks and bridge in the background. I felt it was too bad those electrical installations were caught in the background but not much you can do except crop them out.   Posted: 02/13/2021 23:04:09

Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
Carole I think what makes your image stand out is the balance created by 3 separate large triangles - the bridge, water and rocks. The lighting is wonderful too.   Posted: 02/15/2021 09:02:09

Walter Ross   Walter Ross
Like the composition of this with the triangle effect. I probably would have done a tighter crop on the right side to minimize the electrical poles in the background. I also appreciate that you did not stay with the crowd and wandered for a completely new perspective. Never know what you will find.   Posted: 02/17/2021 22:33:53


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