Jim Hagan  


November 2021 - RELAXING AT THE EDGE

November 2021 - Jim Hagan


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Early one morning, while visiting in the Grand Canyon, I photographed a young couple relaxing at the very edge of an overlook. I tried several variations of my original image attempting to give a sense of them being at the very edge of the precipice. In my final rendition I cropped much tighter, increased the color and blurred the background.

8 comments posted

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
I love this shot, and the original!
You have two 'goodies' here.
It really depends on what you want the viewer to focus on ...
The landscape? The couple assisting to demonstrate the grandeur of this place
The couple? I find this photo so engaging.
My only suggestion to your revised shot, would be to crop the dark foreground out. I found that when the shadow was removed, it drew my eye further into the image.
  Posted: 11/02/2021 20:12:05

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta

Liked it, blurring of background gives the pop to the main subject. Well processed and cropped
  Posted: 11/02/2021 20:37:23

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Hi Jim

The crop works well for me, but maybe a bit more of the rock that the couple are on would make it even more prominent. The focus being made on the couple is a good choice.

I don't know if its because its now a jpg but there seems to be something strange with the blurring of the background (it now looks like camera shake), especially on the curved ridge on the left hand side.
  Posted: 11/05/2021 11:35:15

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Very cool capture! I love it! I love the gold, especially on his leg. The only thing I might consider is making the shadows around their heads a bit more open. Its tough to figure out the person on the right. On the left of the guy, the shadow on the left dark jacket makes him hard to figure out, as well as his backpack seems a bit shadowed, too.

  Posted: 11/05/2021 19:59:19

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Beautiful capture Jim, though I've got to say, every time we go up there I get very uncomfortable watching folks hanging out that close to the edge! Agree with Helen's comment - the shadow in foreground a little distracting (to me). Not sure there's room to crop it out entirely, but maybe lighten it and move the bottom border up into that zone, focusing tighter on the couple. I really like how you've blurred out the background - can still clearly tell the location, keeps the focus on the foreground. Really nice shot! p.s. was this a posed shot or chance encounter?   Posted: 11/06/2021 16:33:34
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Mitch, it was not posed. I could not believe that anyone would want to get that close to what is perhaps a 1,000 foot drop off.   Posted: 11/14/2021 20:49:50

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Many thanks for the suggestions. I have revised my image by lightening the dark shadow areas. I have also cropped some off the bottom to bring the images even closer to the edge.   Posted: 11/14/2021 21:20:34
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Wow that is a dangerous place to lounge around but makes for a great photo opp for you!

Good choice to crop to feature the couple though I personally think you could come out just a little to give us more of the foreground ledge which leads the eye to the people and the mans foot going out to the canyon walls.

As is, it feels too close to me like I am right on top of them.

*EDIT* I see that I was looking at your revised version with the tighter crop but I think I prefer to leave a little foreground. Maybe half between your first and 2nd edit.   Posted: 11/18/2021 10:41:51
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