Nan Jiang  

Just Me by Nan Jiang

October 2021 - Just Me

About the Image(s)

It was taken at this April. I was impressed by the stand alone mountain. There is a courier station built more thatn 300 years nearby. I stood at the wall corner of the courier station to get an ideal shooting position. I prefer high contrast B&W to deal with some grand scenery. I also add some vignettes to highlight the mountain.
Olympus EM-5 Mark III, 12mm@12-100/F4, F8, 1/200, ISO 200

9 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Nan, normally a viewers eye will go to the lightest part of the photo. I found that I did not do that, instead my eyes when directly to the roof tops and they directed me to the mountain and then to the sunrays and the clouds. Using Black and White really worked well for this picture. Good detail of the roofs of the courier station.   Posted: 10/09/2021 18:55:27
Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
I just used the roof as a fore ground. When I read your comment, I found that it's a guide line. ^_^   Posted: 10/15/2021 01:21:12

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I think this is well composed and well seen. The buildings set up a strong diagonal line capturing me eye and leading it into the image. The rays from the clouds mimic the lines of the buildings adding interest to the image. The lighting effect works very well bringing out the texture of the mountain and the roofs. My only suggestion is to just bring out a bit of detail in the dark areas.   Posted: 10/10/2021 18:43:51
Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
Yes, thanks a lot for suggestion of the dark area. The vignette is overdone.   Posted: 10/15/2021 01:23:53

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The view is striking and for sure the mountain dominates the scene and the composition greatly contributes to this effect. In this particular instance there seems to be two bright areas that are merged together so the scene becomes center weighted. This sort of locks the eye into the center and the eye stays in one place. I mostly agree with Michael in that there is too much dark shadow. I seems you applied a pretty strong vignette and when added to areas that were already dark, just made them darker. Vignettes often do not work well in landscapes because they create an unnatural feeling to the scene. Making some of the shadows lighter will make the scene less ominous. You might consider dodging some highlights onto the areas the sun strikes the mountain. It would add some life to the scene.   Posted: 10/11/2021 14:18:33
Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
Thank you very much for the use of vignette on landscape photo. Maybe I should adopt Barbara's opinion to use square format to hit the same mark.   Posted: 10/15/2021 01:37:56

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
I really like the lines and shape of the roof tops. When I first looked at this image the roof tops and mountain stood out. I like how the light is coming through the clouds and although it's a tad bright it works ok for me. I would have liked to see more dodging on the mountain ridges to make the mountain stand out more. For me I think this image could work in a square format filling the frame with just the mountain, roof tops and sun rays. Nice job.   Posted: 10/11/2021 19:05:27
Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
Your suggestion of square format is great. I will try it. I seldom link it to landscape.   Posted: 10/15/2021 01:41:36

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Your composition works well with the leading lines of the roof tops and the contrasty mountain in the background. My suggestion for improvement is to darken the left upper corner to draw the attention to the mountain and darken the nearest roof to create more depth into the image.   Posted: 10/17/2021 03:02:17


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