Dan Mottaz  

From Somewhere in the Distance There Echoes a Scream by Dan Mottaz

October 2020 - From Somewhere in the Distance There Echoes a Scream

About the Image(s)

Encountering some delicious fog filtering the morning sun, who wouldn't stop at this stand of dead trees? I live for these scenes. I wouldn't be surprised if this spot within the southwest quadrant of Yellowstone is a popular subject to photograph. I've shot this place many times over the years and it's always different. The story it tells, however, is always the same: the breathtaking beauty and the harsh, natural destruction.

Technical: Captured on a Canon 5D MKIII with a 24-105 Canon L series lens. Shot in manual mode at 1/8 sec., f/22, ISO 50. Post processing in ACR, PS and NIK. To tone down the sun's intensity, a darker exposure was captured and blended into the primary image.

5 comments posted

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
I always love the moodiness that fog brings to a landscape, and how it simplifies an image, creating a strong sense of depth. You have all of that here, plus wonderful soft colors, and strong drama in the dead trees and the alignment of sun with the tallest tree. It conveys a sense that something supernatural or magical is about to happen.

To me this is technically and compositionally perfect. I don't see anything I would change. Awesome image!   Posted: 10/06/2020 19:00:52

Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Dan, I love the mysterious atmosphere that the fog brings to the image. The bare trees in the foreground are crisp, more focused, and make the foreground seem more grounded/real (if that makes sense). The subtle silhouette of the tree line in the background contrasts nicely with the bare tree trunks, since the tree line is fuller (i.e. pine trees) yet seems more ephemeral. The pastel tones of the sky are also a lovely contrast to the dark silhouettes. Beautiful shot and composition!   Posted: 10/09/2020 09:33:02

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Dan, so happy you moved the sun behind the central tree; it is beautifully timed with the weather atmospherics. I see the triangle of the trees and the contrast in the vertical trees, unfettered by branches, with the horizontal line of the ground mist (such clear linearity).

Two suggestions is that I would try a closer crop on the sides - even sacrificing a couple of trees on the right: I think the empty sides might be deemphasizing the center. And the title ... I cannot find a scream and perhaps it would be better to let the viewer set the narrative a little more.   Posted: 10/17/2020 10:23:32

Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
I love this image Dan. The first thing I thought was I love that title!

Colors are beautiful, fog is beautiful, very mysterious. I like the crop. I don't think I would change a thing.

Great image!   Posted: 10/17/2020 19:52:58

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Excellent image Dan! Very well composed and the fog is well handled and provides a mystery to the photo! The trees in the background, behind the fog, also adds to the quality of this image. I am also impressed at the sharpness of the image, with no diffraction in using an f/22 aperture. I agree with everyone else, I wouldn't change a thing. This image should be framed and hanging on a wall!   Posted: 10/19/2020 15:28:54


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