August 23, 2019 at 4:59 pm #43189
I shot this one morning last week at a camp where I was doing photography…. there’s actually a mountain hiding behind the cloud of fog. I love the scene, but something just doesn’t feel right about the photo, and I’m not sure what it is! Any thoughts?
Shot in Manual
Edited in Lightroom 6
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Both photos are exactly the same except that the second version is uncropped.August 28, 2019 at 1:50 pm #43289Michelle TerrellParticipant
real nice where did you take it.August 31, 2019 at 1:56 pm #43416
I was in Massachusetts.
September 1, 2019 at 8:28 pm #43471Kina LambParticipant
- This reply was modified 7 months ago by Lydia Bennett.
It’s missing a Bible verse in the fog! 😀September 2, 2019 at 1:29 pm #43517James StaddonKeymaster
Oh, I love foggy days!
So, let’s think this through. You said “I love the scene”; can you identify exactly which elements in the photo draw you in? Or was it more that when you were there in-person you loved it, but when you got it up on your screen you were like, “it’s just not the same”?September 3, 2019 at 5:09 pm #43565
Hmm ok, let’s see. What draws me in? Well, the fog. I haven’t really had the opportunity to capture foggy pictures like that, so that’s what got me excited in the moment. …I like the way the trees are being unveiled. I think the thing that bothers me is that I feel like I may have been successful in capturing the “feel” of the moment to a certain degree, but it just seems flat, which I think takes away from the “wow” effect that could be there.
So, in short, I’d say the “unveiling of the mountain” portion of the photo is what I love the most.September 16, 2019 at 3:55 pm #44165James StaddonKeymaster
Gotcha. I think you’re right. Maybe this is why…
In both photos, it’s true that some of this feeling of “unveiling” is perceived. In the uncropped photo it is less obvious, though, because the transition area from trees to fog is quite small (see attached). Perhaps it feels flat because, instead of there being many layers of more or less fog-covered trees transitioning from clear to completely covered, there’s really only a small pocket in the middle of the photo.
The cropped photo I seemed to like better on the outset, and now I think it’s because there are more perceived layers between clear and covered trees. There is a greater feeling of depth. However, that photo is a crop, so the quality isn’t quite the same, and doesn’t appear tack sharp, my guess being the lens mostly to blame.September 19, 2019 at 1:47 pm #44199
That makes a lot of sense. So I don’t think there’s necessarily anything I could’ve done differently in this situation other than wait for the fog to lift a little more and show more layers (if only there had been time!). And there’s not really anything else I can do at this point, since the crop looks better but like you said, the quality just isn’t there.
I think this can officially be chalked up to an “Oh well, almost but not quite!” situation, and I’ll look forward to another time God gives me a similar scene to photograph – but better! 🙂
This multiple overlap may be why this photo was noticed and picked up by Jeff Schultz Photography.
That’s really neat! Yeah, that’s definitely more the look and feel I was hoping for with my shot.
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