Charles Walker  

Bryce Theater Amphitheater by Charles Walker

January 2020 - Bryce Theater Amphitheater

January 2020 - Charles Walker


About the Image(s)

This is an early morning, late Fall, photograph of the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater. There is a lot for the eye to behold, so I cropped it to emphasize the highlights in the middle and darkened the left and right side of the image. Again, to contain focus, I slightly saturated the pines to create a green that contrasted more with the oranges and reds of the canyon. Some of the distracting white structures in the distant village were deleted. Camera data: Nikon D750, f/8, 1/320th, 70mm, ISO=160.

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8 comments posted

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
Your are correct, there is a lot to see here. I like the variety of colors. I might have left more of the clouds at the top of the image. Very nice sharpness and DOF.   Posted: 01/05/2020 15:37:01
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Scott, I think I straddled the fence by cropping out sky. However, for the sake of simplicity in composition, I could have followed Trey's advise and focused more on the foreground and clipped out the sky and the mesa.   Posted: 01/07/2020 19:16:28

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I like this image very much. I think you handled the composition and exposure well and I like the amount of saturation. I find this image and the various planes of focus to be very pleasing. I agree with Scott, I think that a bit more of the sky might work well.   Posted: 01/05/2020 18:01:01

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Isn't the amphitheater in the foreground to the middle of the image? Then I would have cut more off the top of the image. Otherwise my eye goes to the shaded area at top. The lower 3/4 of the image I really like and I think you did a great job in sharpening and bringing out the color. By cropping off more of the top you increase the eye circular rotation within the amphitheater, which is a sight to behold.   Posted: 01/06/2020 09:28:45
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Trey, these big locations in the National Park can be overindulging for photographers. I am a sucker for this vastness. Images can be too complex. Although the sky was interesting, cropping to include the foreground area is smart. Another alternative is to compose it vertically and keep the sky cropping out all that is not in the bowl of the amphitheater? I hope I am learning something.   Posted: 01/07/2020 19:34:53

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Charles, to my eye you have done an excellent job with the color, depth of field and sharpness of this image. I feel that the way you have composed this, you are leading my mesa peaks in the right center foreground. If that is what you intended then I believe that you have accomplished your mission with this image.

From my experience this leaves me a bit confused as I don't remember those mesa peaks being the salient part of the Amphitheater. Perhaps its just me, or perhaps the title but I'm left a but confused between the image and the title.

Please feel free to correct me as it have been 3 years since I was there.   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:46:00
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, my notes on this image may be in error. I was certainly in the area of the amphitheater, perhaps a bit South of it closer to Bryce Point. Images on the internet of the amphitheater are usually taken from more northern locations.   Posted: 01/07/2020 19:29:14

Rajani Ramanathan   Rajani Ramanathan
Charles, I like your original composition a lot, you have such fantastic drama in the sky and my personal preference would have been to keep it since the shadows on the hills indicate that there are lot of clouds.   Posted: 01/08/2020 20:37:21