Alan Welch  

Vista by Alan Welch

August 2019 - Vista

August 2019 - Alan Welch


About the Image(s)

This was taken off Hwy 70 in Utah.

Nikon D750 1/4000 F22 ISO 8000

I enhanced the colors and used the burn brush to darken the black areas. I cropped it some. I was very busy this month with my 10 year old granddaughter staying with us.

10 comments posted

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Quite a view off the side of the highway !

This is scenic and expansive, although seems like it could be a little more dynamic or composed for a main subject.

I find my eye drawn to the rock in the center with the shadow. I wonder what results can be achieved from placing that in a different area of the frame.

If you crop in, the shadow and rock becomes more prominent and creates a stronger diagonal. Since the sky is very uniform and not adding much, I'd be tempted to crop it out to feature that rock.

Here's one idea which I also think accentuates another line through the frame starting from the right bottom corner with the white rock and through to the top left corner.   Posted: 08/01/2019 09:06:29
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Hi Alan, hope you had fun with your family!

Glad you are enjoying the great scenery out your way!

What time of day did you shoot? Landscapes really need to be shot at dawn or dusk to get the best shot.

I like Jason's crop. The blue sky is a bit too turquoise/oversaturated (at least for an Indiana girl with pale skies all the time).

Did you try the texture slider to add texture in LightRoom? This would be a great pic for it!

The lower left is a bit white. Is that blown out, or just how the rocks were?

Finally, you shot at ISO 8000, which gave you a lot of noise, and didn't need to, as you have a lot of light and a lot of shutter speed you don't need--1/300 is plenty fast enough. If you drop your ISO, your pic would be a lot crisper. You can read up on this, it takes a while to get the hang of it. The F/22 was a good choice.

Your composition of blue/yellow are great complementary colors on the color wheel and gives you a strong composition.   Posted: 08/03/2019 20:45:53

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Jason seems to have pretty much nailed the comments on this one so all I can say is maybe the main shadow is too dark.
Brenda is also right about choosing the settings and your timings to avoid the harsh light in the middle of the day, but I'm terrible at getting up so probably would have got the same result.   Posted: 08/04/2019 11:02:03

Alan Welch   Alan Welch
Thanks for your comments. I see what you mean on the cropping. I have reworked it some and think it is better. I was on the way home from Green River Utah where we dropped off our granddaughter with my son and the rest of his family. I agree the morning and evening would give a better image but it was not possible this time. It's too hot here in Las Vegas to go outside at pretty much any time of the day now. I'm taking another online course on photography to try to improve my abilities. I guess if I keep trying I will get better.   Posted: 08/07/2019 17:52:40
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Can you upload your reworked photo, Alan? You are improving every month!   Posted: 08/08/2019 05:50:04
Alan Welch   Alan Welch
I've tried to upload the rework but it won't go. I'll will try again.   Posted: 08/08/2019 11:13:06
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Richard Huang   Richard Huang
Hi Alan,

It is a great view. I don't have much to say as the other folks have mentioned those. Basically a bit strong on the shadow and the weight of the composition.

Frankly I am not that into Jason's crop. I tried it myself, i.e. portrait crop, etc. I am not able to make one satisfied. So I would suggest just leave it there. No need to always follow the 'traditional' rule.

On the shadow side. I might not like the way to remove the shadow, as it looks not nature. I might select the shadow itself, and only bring up the details within the selection. (Someone in this group did this previously).

Cheers.   Posted: 08/14/2019 12:45:07
Alan Welch   Alan Welch
Thank you. I'm still learning a lot from the rest of you.   Posted: 08/14/2019 14:45:53

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh

Good for you to take an online photography course! I recommend a Kelby membership--$149/year and unlimited courses by dozens of the top photographers in the world. Heavy emphasis on portraits, landscapes and architecture--all of which you have been working on. They have critiques and online talks and a "series" where you take class after class to learn Photoshop or Lightroom.

I like your second rework, mostly because the sky is not so saturated. But it may be a bit too light. Maybe split the difference ;-).

The greatest way to improve your landscape photography is to photograph at dawn and dusk and on a tripod. Or very stormy or overcast. Any other time of the day, the light is flat and harsh, especially is the hot sun where you are!

  Posted: 08/15/2019 07:29:05

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
About shooting at f22, I don't believe that is necessary when everything is far away and no depth of field is needed at all--essentially everything in this scene is at the same distance from the camera--infinity. I think f4 or f5.6 would have been ample, giving more latitude to bring down the ISO. Now if you wanted to put wildflowers in the foreground about five feet from the camera, yes f22, and then you would focus at 10 feet and the depth of field would run from four feet to infinity--roughly.   Posted: 08/15/2019 17:53:02


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