Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA  

Cathedral Rock Above Red Rock Crossing by Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA

November 2020 - Cathedral Rock Above Red Rock Crossing

About the Image(s)

Taken from one of the traditional spots to photograph the Cathedral. The mill from the old homestead is visible and it is a straight on shot of the cathedral. One of the best of the rocks, but not the best of the foregrounds. Shot with an Olympus Micro 4/3s and Panasonic 12 - 60 at ISO 400, 12mm, f/14, 1/125. Converted to Mono in Lightroom

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10 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Most photos of this area are new to me, and if this is a traditional place to take this photo, then the reason is quite obvious, it make a very attractive picture. The shadowas help direct my eye to the homestead, and it all leads nicely to the main attraction.
I wonder if the person is a bit of a distraction, being just big enough to notice but not big enough to be part of the picture?
The clouds behind the mountains take away some of the drama I think, as they disguise the outline a bit. I wonder if they could be darkened a little to make the mountains stand out more?   Posted: 11/09/2020 12:58:20

John Roach   John Roach
Your tonal variations are quite nice. I like the image and relate to it having photographed from this location a couple of times. I think less foreground would enhance the view, theme and story.   Posted: 11/09/2020 13:08:46
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I agree, it also makes the person a little more significant. That was a good comment also. It would of been better if I let him walk a little farther. I guess these comments are one of the reasons DD is so valuable.   Posted: 11/18/2020 10:28:37

Don York   Don York
A great lanscape shot with nice clouds to complement.   Posted: 11/09/2020 13:10:49

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Nice framing by the tree.   Posted: 11/10/2020 09:08:27

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
I really like the majesty of the rock formation dwarfing mankind's impermanent structure. The clouds add drama. I, too, would crop some from the bottom. Is this in Arizona?   Posted: 11/12/2020 00:24:33
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Yes, this is Arizona. The city of Sedona is an awesome place to photograph, but this is one of a lot of peoples favorite places. It is an afternoon place. I would like to take it closer to June 21 when the sun would be farther north and the shadow on the right less severe. Maybe the right amount and placement of cloud cover would take care of it. A lot of these shots process to remove or reduce the shadow. This is taken from a place called "Red Rock Crossiong". You need to pay a nominal amount to park here but it is worth it. There are numerous places for worthwhile shots of the cathedral as it is called.   Posted: 11/18/2020 10:33:26

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Gee, what a beautiful landscape richly framed with contrasting white clouds (that help define the mountain) and wide open foreground to define the space. The wide range in grey-scale tones is lovely.

Though the person walking away does indicate to viewers a sense of perspective, the subject is non-descriptive and does nothing to add to the composition, but actually may be a distraction. Instead, a horse with or without a rider would have been more appropriate and likely in your situation, just waiting for the person to leave your field of view before triggering the shutter release button would have been another option.   Posted: 11/18/2020 06:52:15
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Thanks for visiting our group and for your comments. Yes, I did not plan the man in the shot very well. A lot of people walk through this area and you need to plan around it. I didn't do it very well.   Posted: 11/18/2020 10:37:46
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Well, the entire scene is well framed, and next time be alert of artifacts that may distract from the overall composition.

I do this often myself, but then stick around to take another shot, if in fact I saw the infraction....and times I do not.

We are all on the same boat. :)   Posted: 11/18/2020 16:05:22