October 29, 2020 at 10:13 pm #54914Esther MarieParticipant
As some of y’all heard, I was out in the western states and went to several national parks! Yellowstone, Zion National Park, Death Valley, and Grand Canyon! It was quite a trip! I took over three thousand pictures, and it has taken a LONG time to get through and edit them! 😂😂 Here are a few of my favorite pictures! I had a hard time trying to decide which were my best photos, because are way to many!! I did see a grizzly bear, but I haven’t finished editing those pictures, but hopefully I can get them up here soon!October 29, 2020 at 10:30 pm #54922Esther MarieParticipantNovember 4, 2020 at 3:09 pm #55072James StaddonKeymaster
Wow! Soooo beautiful! Been eagerly looking forward to seeing your shots from that trip!!
First off, it is absolutely evident that there is an artistic flare to all of your shots. They are TOTALLY not your normal vacation snapshots. So much energy and effort goes into the logistics of a vacation that often not much time can be spent on intentionally documenting the vacation artistically. However, when developing an artistic eye is part of your everyday life at home, suddenly, artistic flare just starts showing up in your vacation photos without you hardly even thinking about it! The perspectives, DOF, clutter-free backgrounds, subject placement, etc. all testify to someone who’s been doing photography for a while.
A couple thoughts on the shots:
* Beautiful DOF. Love how it appears the little guy’s got food stuffed away in it’s cheeks. 🙂 If cropped, I’d leave a little more room below it’s left foot.
* Amazing green color! Very simple, yet not too simple shot. Reminds me of “the conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rock.” It almost looks like it’s preaching. 🙂 If cropped, I’d leave a little more breathing room under it’s tail.
* A more traditional shot. If you haven’t already applied sharpening in LR, would suggest doing that.
* So great. Not much I can think to say about this. If I were here, I might try a second shot wider (if it could still be distraction-free) for a photo of “a mountain landscape with a unique tree in it” in addition to this picture, which is a photo of “a unique tree in a mountain landscape”.
* It’s like the geyser is reaching to the clouds, and part of the clouds. 🙂
* Love the two together. Maybe include some blurred out foreground grass or something, to increase the impression of depth. If cropped, I’d leave a little more room below the bison’s nose.
* Just love the movement. A good amount of space in front of the bison to “walk into”.
* My favorite. Probably because of the lighting. The green leaves add a nice element of color variety without being so eye catching that they’re distracting. Perfectly composed. Great DOF. Really like this shot.
* Really like this shot too! She really looks like a pro!
* Looking for a subject. Nothing grabs my attention enough to want to dwell on it except for maybe the odd break in trees in the top right area. Perhaps my eye would be attracted to the circular shape of the red-colored pool if the “other pool” on the far right was completely cropped off?
* Such an amazing place! Been there; know how difficult it is to get an artistic shot in the middle of the day there. Done well, though here, playing with textures and lines and removing all distracting elements. I think maybe cropping some of the bottom off such that the horizon line was closer to the bottom third might help me appreciate the lines and textures in the distance more.
* Fun. 🙂 Most people don’t think to shoot the closeups like this at a place like Death Valley, I’d say. 🙂
* My other favorite. 🙂 Just the simplicity, the textures, it’s perfect. Perfectly edited. Just want to keep looking at this photo.
Well done!!November 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm #55294Lydia BennettParticipant
Wow @esther! That looks like quite the vacation!
The pictures of the squirrel are just too cute! I like both the first and the third… I like the black background contrasted behind its head in the third, but the first one is unique, just being the squirrel all alone.
It looks like you did a great job of working with what you had, as far as midday lighting goes. When on a family vacation, we can’t always time things so we’re at various locations at those “epic” times of day like golden hour or sunrise/sunset, right? But looks like you did the best you could with what you had!
Of the landscape shots, I know it’s rather unoriginal of me but my favorite is the Grand Canyon! I like the patterns that the shadows of the clouds cast on the scene, and the placement of the horizon line is great. It really gives the feeling of vastness that the Grand Canyon is famous for.
So many iconic places in one trip – that must have been amazing!
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