Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA  

Cathedral Above Sedona Prairie by Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA

October 2020 - Cathedral Above Sedona Prairie

About the Image(s)

Shot ono 9/23/20 at 5:22pm with Olympus EM1 Bark II and Olumpus 12-200 @12mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/125 sec. Processed in Lightroom Basic with several local brush or graduated filter local adjustments, converted to B&W in Lightroom after processing and processing again in Lightroom basic with selections to adjust the tones.

9 comments posted

Don York   Don York
A nice landscape. The small path in foreground provides a nice leading path into the image. I might try a little more contrast or slight burn on the plants in foreground as they have lost some detail.   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:42:50

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I think it's a good landscape, but for me the interest increases as I look towards the top of the picture. I love the mountains and the sky, which contrast each other well.
Whilst the grass leads my eye in nicely and gives a god sense of depth, I feel that there's too much grass, so it detracts from the impact of the mountains. Being lighter adds to this, and so I would agree, a burn in would help avoid this.   Posted: 10/08/2020 12:18:13

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Stuart's comment made me realize that we who live in the desert see this image much differently than most others who see grass routinely.
We almost take the spectacular rock formations for granted, while others are more drawn to them.
I think it's a nice, calming rather than dramatic landscape with good attention to detail, as always.   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:42:48
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Stuart's comments are well taken. I considered the same thought. At the same time, I like the prairie look and this is not the usual Cathedral Rock image. I think perhaps if I had used a longer lens, backed off farther, perhaps held the camera higher, I could draw the rocks in more and retain the foreground which I like.   Posted: 10/10/2020 23:47:49

John Roach   John Roach
Stan, I like the composition and story. Your depth of field is excellent. Tonally, though, there seems to me a need to dodge and burn selective in various places to establish some tonal balance. For example, I would like to see shadows on the rock opened slightly up more as well in the brush on the right. Stuart's thoughts about toning down the foreground and my thought to light the sky uniformly a bit seems to be another aspect of what I perceive as a way bring tonal balance into the image.   Posted: 10/10/2020 07:29:18
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I would really like to take this shot in summer when the sun is farther north. The shadows would not be as significant on the cathedral then. Perhaps taking the image with some overcast in the sky would help if you could find a day like that in Sedona. I did lighten up the shadows in the brush, perhaps not enough. It is common to take the shadows down on the rocks more than I did, but I guess I thought people who shoot this, know they are there. Your comments are all well taken.   Posted: 10/10/2020 23:53:13

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I like the sense of place that this image gives me. It's a beautiful scene nicely composed that has a definite three dimensional quality. Nicely done.   Posted: 10/10/2020 15:14:20

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hello, Stan! One of my favorite genres of photography "Landscape" is well presented here. A lovely composition that includes a seemingly wide and deep Depth of Field (Dof): it is hard to investigate in PSCC because of the very low resolution.

In any case, what focusing technique (if any) was utilized?

Thank you, Stan.   Posted: 10/24/2020 17:35:49

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Stan, I'm torn re the amount of grassy foreground. It does make this look like two pictures. I do, however, like the leading line. I like your suggestion to compress it using a longer lens. And/or I would darken the grass, crop from the bottom and create a leading line continuing toward the cathedral, allowed in pictorial. Nice Ansel Adams dark sky.   Posted: 10/25/2020 02:12:14


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