Larry Beller, APSA, MPSA  

Indian Creek ranch by Larry Beller, APSA, MPSA

January 2020 - Indian Creek ranch

About the Image(s)

This is late on an autumn afternoon at harvest time, about two miles from our place. Indian Creek Ranch, at the mouth of the canyon, is in the middle of harvest. The grain has been harvested, and the straw has been cut and raked, awaiting baling. The scene is lit by the last rays of the setting sun shining down the canyon itself from the right. Shutter speed 1/2000, f3.8, and ISO 126. Cropped a little. Processed in Photoshop to suppress a bright band across the top (from the sun shining over the canyon wall,) the addition of a slight vignette centered on the bright spot, and adjustment of contrast, tones, and brightness.

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12 comments posted

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
So beautiful image! I like the lighting.

I just feel that the top right darkest side occupies too much area, catching me much attention, seems lost balance.   Posted: 01/07/2020 09:24:28

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Larry, this is one of the finest landscapes I have seen in recent time. You have captured the play of light and shades so beautifully and dramatically in this image. I like the pattern in the field and the slight hint of foliage visible in the background gives an added depth to the scene. Your slight vignette works very well. Almost a dreamland!!   Posted: 01/07/2020 09:29:48

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
The wonderful lighting and the pattern in the fields keep my eye at the bottom half of the photograph. Think I agree with Xiao Cai that the upper half occupies too much of the photo easily fixed with cropping, otherwise a beautiful landscape.   Posted: 01/07/2020 23:14:08

Bill Provost   Bill Provost
(Group 25)
Nice scene of farm land. Seems a little over powering to have so much "dead space" above the farm fields. There is almost more area of the hill side than the farm area. The area of the farm land is warm with the sun light showing on it. With some cropping of that area might bring the farmed land into more detail. Keeping the eye on the lower part of the image the image has a nice feeling to it.   Posted: 01/08/2020 23:02:25
Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
In my very personal viewpoint, since the image is of a farm field at the 'mouth of a canyon' I think that the area above the farm field gives the location and shows the vastness of the canyon. The subdued light at the top left adds to the DOF.   Posted: 01/09/2020 15:19:40
Bill Provost   Bill Provost
(Group 25)
Since my opinion is directed to the submitter of the image I am not sure why you are making comment. I was not aware that I had to get approval to give my critique of the submission. I have been doing this for many years and have never had another member of the group, other than the submitter, make a comment about how I felt about someone else's submission. Am I now suppose to route my opinion through you for approval?   Posted: 01/09/2020 20:35:37
Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
I feel extremely sorry that you have taken it that way. It was a general comment directed st the image and not a counter comment on your feed back. I think my mistake lies in that I clicked 'Reply' on your feedback. Of course it is only the maker of the image who can reply to the comment posted by another member. Hope this clarifies and helps you to understand. I am aware of and appreciate your long experience in this field.   Posted: 01/10/2020 05:44:07
Bill Provost   Bill Provost
(Group 25)
My apologies. Won't happen again.   Posted: 01/10/2020 13:42:49
Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Thanks for understanding. Much appreciated.   Posted: 01/10/2020 16:36:57
Larry Beller   Larry Beller
Digital Dialogue (notice the British spelling) has been around for most of twenty years, and I helped name it DIALOGUE to promote DISCUSSIONS about an artistic topic about which there can be no absolute rules, and each participant can, and most often does, have his or her own separate and different artistic opinion; we all can learn by hearing and discussing the opinions of others on each others' pictures. Even when no absolute standard or rules are really possible, there are some ways to do things that work better than others that we can share. All-member discussion helps to bring out and promote differing artistic opinions and viewpoints.

The photographer need not obey the suggestions of other members, but should take them into account. In this case, I appreciate the comments and suggestions, thank you for them, admit that they have merit, but may only brighten the darkest area(s) slightly; More detail is apt to lose the simplicity that the lighting of this shot confers.

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Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
I think this is an interesting image. The lighting gives the image a warm feel, and I really like the plow lines. I agree with Darcey's suggestion to crop down a little from the top.   Posted: 01/13/2020 20:33:10

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hello Larry,
An interesting image with a great deal of details in the composition. I think the negative space above the crop field added special DOF and value to the subject. To me it's not distracting rather it is an integral part of the whole image. A great work of light and timing. The one I say a "POWER IMAGE".
Great job. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 01/30/2020 15:10:44