Lance Lewin  

New Mexico Landscape by Lance Lewin

April 2021 - New Mexico Landscape

About the Image(s)

After leaving Taos Pueblo saw this beautiful landscape heading back to Santa Fe. Again, best photography assistant in the world...Mother Nature. Here allowing a bit more narrative for this composition.

Tech: 16mm F/10 ISO-100 (8x10 crop)

Pictorial Enhancements: Selective Dodging in foreground and background. BW conversion via Silver Efex-Pro-2 (Red filter)

12 comments posted

Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hi Lance
A very dramatic and striking image, the whiteness of the crust stands out against the black clouds of the storm. But I have a question, why is the tree cut on both sides? Couldn't you take two steps back? Was there something that you did not want to see that prevented you from opening the plane a little? you did not realize at the time of taking? Was it conscious and has a meaning that I can't understand? Well, it really has been more than one question.   Posted: 04/05/2021 10:10:03

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Jose!
Good question, I asked myself the same thing when I got back to Atlanta: it was one of those shots that was rushed, as a result, I do not remember why the close-crop on left and this was cropped through the viewfinder and no other record of the location is on record. In this case, we can check it off as, well, rushed and unfulfilling.   Posted: 04/06/2021 20:42:25

Dirk-Olaf Leimann   Dirk-Olaf Leimann
Hi Lance,
What a clear, sharp and black and white image, I really like the clouds, kept and supported by the trees branches. The image has depth and for me a perfect foreground   Posted: 04/13/2021 06:50:14
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Appreciate your encouraging is a cool scene and the tree kind of "holds" the clouds...but surely a better job in compositional articulation could have yielded something more. Maybe not. : )   Posted: 04/16/2021 14:32:48

Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Such spectacular country! Beautiful skies to go with gorgeous country. Really nice light here for the great composition. The only nit pik is that my eye keeps being drawn toward the area that is cloudless on the left behind the tree. It's so much darker that the rest. Maybe some cloud could be added or the area could be lighten up a bit?
Just a thought. Pretty shot.   Posted: 04/15/2021 20:31:18
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
No. If the shot does not work...or is weak, then the location needs to be revisited.

"Points to Ponder": There is no place, ever, to artificially induce or delete artifacts within the photographic genre: this is what makes the photography such a special and (very hard) art to master. It is not painting. We do not have the ability to (re-arrange or Re-group), only (Selection) and (Elimination) by choice, and as framed (or not-framed) through the viewfinder.

To engage in re-arranging, regrouping and including (adding) or (deleting) artifacts within this Frame, is beyond the scope of Photographic Technique and instead, as I propose, "Photographic Mixed Media". In this proposed 21st Century genre, most engaging and beautiful work is "created" by virtue of both through the lens (and) post-production digital (articulation/manipulation), respectively.

A possible fix for this shot: I can probably crop off some of the top...and this may actually balance the sky to the tree a bit better. And in the future, pay closer attention to what I am framing, as I spoke about above with Jose. Thank you! : )   Posted: 04/16/2021 14:31:03

Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Lance I agree with what you are saying. I was just noticing my eye was distracted by that dark area. I don't know how many times something like that happens to me and I still do it. As far as the cutting off of the edges, well personally that doesn't bother me. I put an image in for a critique group and got nailed for the very same thing. I think it actually changes the focus from the tree alone to the tree in it's environment.   Posted: 04/16/2021 15:04:21
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
...that's a very interesting point, Dianne. I like that. We move our focus to the "whole" instead of the individual parts. This is not the best example, of course, but indeed this qualifies. Thank you for that input.   Posted: 04/16/2021 15:36:06

Cecilia Clark   Cecilia Clark
Lance, The first thing I thought about this composition is that it looks like the clouds have mimicked the shape of the tree or that the clouds are the fruit of the tree. I assume that at least unconsciously that was one of the things that drew you to take this image. I do not find the cut off tree branches a distraction and do think that my eye stays with the structure of the tree and its relationship to the beautiful clouds. The cloud's and tree's shape is repeated even where there are no clouds. The lighting is dramatic as is the image.   Posted: 04/18/2021 16:44:23
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Appreciate your observation/analysis, Cecilia. Thank you!   Posted: 04/19/2021 05:52:53

Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hello Lance, I like the composition and exposure capturing both the dark clouds in the horizon and the white floppy cloud on the other end. As Cecilia mentioned the tree branches and the floppy clouds gave the impression of a cloud-tree. But the branches cut out on the two ends bothered me, going couple steps back would have been a better option, I think. Also there are couple things I would have cloned out-the stick on the bottom left and bit of fence sticking out from the trunk of the tree.   Posted: 04/18/2021 19:01:26
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
And I appreciate this focused observation/analysis....however, let me comment on "deleting: out artifacts: in both your examples, I had to focus my attention to find them, as these particular items/artifacts are part of the scene and define the near-landscape character: in my opinion, these items (not being unrelated items, e.g.soda can, paper, or a modern trash can) help define the overall aesthetic or narrative.

Now, what would I do if I came upon this scene and in fact these other types of "trash" were within the frame?   Posted: 04/19/2021 06:03:05


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