A Piece of Montana

by | Aug 14, 2010 | Tips & Tricks | 3 comments

Thanks for letting me critique your pictures, Barbara. I’ve never been to Montana before, so it’s neat to see your beautiful state from your perspective.

SANY0251 (Copyrighted; please do not copy)No matter how brilliant a sunset may be, they indefinitely end up looking “flat” without a subject in the foreground. That’s why I love the old windmill. It adds depth. Next sunset, try setting it off to one side. Dead center is one place in a composition that isn’t living. 🙂


SANY0478 (Copyrighted; please do not copy)This picture reminds me times when I have been hot, sticky, and simply uncomfortable. Perhaps it would be a fine time to take a swim, but the overgrown banks and brown water don’t look that inviting. If possible, play in this location later in the day to eliminate the colorless, harsh, and uninviting light of midday.

SANY0608 (Copyrighted; please do not copy)This is a very interesting picture. It has potential for having a lot of meaning behind it. Does Psalm 72 talk about roses, flowers, thorns, crimson, sacrifice, or genuine love? Technically speaking, I love the soft light coming in from the side, which looks as though it is from a  window. Side lighting is very appealing.

SANY0300 (Copyrighted; please do not copy)How tranquil. Cool, really; I mean, cool in the proper sense of the word. It’s neat how pictures can speak specific words. And I’d like to hear the story behind this picture too. If it is your own church, you might get some neat pictures if you ask to turn the lights on. Then the picture would speak of coziness.


SANY0504 (Copyrighted; please do not copy)Flowers are all around us, but to get good pictures of them is not easy, especially red ones. (That’s another story!) But the first thing I’d say about this picture is that it would have been better to wait for a cloudy day or shoot it later or earlier in the day when it’s in the shade. With even lighting, the color will pop!


  1. Robert

    Great points, James! I thought all the pictures were nice. And as I read the comments you made, I saw a whole new perspective on how they could get any better.

  2. Hannah

    I echo Robert. I think the bridge picture could be really amazing in early morning or evening light, depending on which side of the bridge the sun sets and rises on. The lights in the church idea is phenomenal also! Great points…as always!

  3. Barbara

    Thank you for your advice! It is very helpful. I actually have one of the sunset windmill offset on the picture, and it is much better. You are right, red is hard to take pictures of -especially in some lightings. Thanks again. My mom really enjoys your comments helping me to take even better pictures. (Because she, being a mom, thinks all my photos are great.)


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