Kathryn Engle  

[The Badlands] by Kathryn Engle

February 2021 - [The Badlands]

About the Image(s)

Another shot from the Badlands. I tried to get a lower perspective on the ground to have the dried dirt lead one into the scene. The skull was just lying there so I thought it a good front subject with the mountain in the background. I took this with my Nikon Z7 with a 15mm lens, so very wide angle. 1/30 sec at f/16 so get clarity from front to back. ISO 100.

3 comments posted

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Your low and wide perspective is the hook for me in this image. The light caught at this time of day creates long soft shadows that accentuate the shadows between and bring attention to the dried out cakes of dirt. Their multi-directional cracks all point back to your foreground interest of the skull and horns and then beyond to the mountain. The repetition of the shear expanse of dried out dirt throughout the scene helps unify and balance the design. I might suggest trying to pull out more detail from the shadows in the front side of the dark mountain contours.   Posted: 02/22/2021 10:21:18

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
The fortuitous placement of the bighorn(?) skull - long since desiccated- adds a new dimension of story-telling to this image. Your treatment of the oven-baked earth here is excellent , both as to the grazing light, point of view, and aperture, and integrates well into the overall composition. I wonder if a polarizing filter would add some depth to the sky - might be worth a try.   Posted: 02/23/2021 08:02:20

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
I agree with Lamar. This a strong story telling image. I think you positioned the skull in a right place for the composition. I am currently following an on-line PSA class Creating Images for Competition. One technique that I learn here is that our main subject become more outstanding by making its surrounding less sharp and less saturate. In this case, I might want to make the cracks less sharp (just a bit) and desaturate this ground (again, just a bit) to make the skull and horns more outstanding. I would then sharpens the skull and horns (just a bit) to make the overall look more stunning. Excellent shooting Kathryn!   Posted: 02/24/2021 20:04:40


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