Mike Patterson  

Artist at Grand Canyon by Mike Patterson

September 2020 - Artist at Grand Canyon

September 2020 - Mike Patterson


About the Image(s)

This image was taken a couple of years ago at the Grand Canyon National Park. It’s a bit similar to my July image, showing another artist at Point Lobos painting a seascape. What attracted me to this composition was that the painting and artist seemed to draw the eye into the frame. I did a little cropping and minor adjustments in Lightroom. I also bumped up the dehaze to remove the, well, haze in the canon. I believe I shot this with a Canon Rebel T2i body at 47mm.

5 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
A nice story being told here, just as in your July entry. The big difference between the two is the prominence of the artist, who in this image takes up much more of the composition, and I wonder what it would look like if you were standing farther back -- if that had been possible. As it is, though, he is well placed and there's plenty of room to his left to lead the eye into the vast expanse of the canyon.   Posted: 09/08/2020 10:04:11

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
A very interesting idea. I was also wondering what it would look like if you had stepped just a bit to the left and back to get more of the painting in the image so we could see how it compares to the actual landscape.
In this one I might have just cropped off a little bit of the lift to put more emphasis on the subject. Good Concept   Posted: 09/09/2020 11:40:33

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I think this is a similar but better rendering of the story you were telling with your July image. You are close up to the artist here and can see what he is painting. And he is the subject, not the canyon itself. The sunlight on his head and shoulders, and on his painting really draw your eye right where it should go. Very, very nice Mike!   Posted: 09/10/2020 13:39:17

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Nice placement of the artist that tells the story. I wonder if it's possible to get more details of the canyon itself. To me it seems rather muted rather than showing the grandeur it is.   Posted: 09/15/2020 22:41:01

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
My feeling is the same as the others. In this kind of picture, you need to see the original scene, the painting and the artist. Unfortunately here, the painter overpowers the other two, but then, I do not know what restrictions you had as to where to stand.
  Posted: 09/26/2020 17:43:03


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