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    Dan Cope
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    Here’s a couple shots I took during a trip to Montana this past winter. If you’ll notice, the same mountain is predominant in both photos. In addition to sharing thoughts and suggestions for improvement, can anyone figure out where I was when I took the second photo in relation to the first?

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    Lydia Bennett
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    @dan-cope

    Scenes like these just make you stop in your tracks. There’s so much magnificent beauty to take in.

    This is a good challenge you’ve put forth!! ….I’m going to say that you were over to the right from where you took the first photo for the second one?? Looks like the pines on the right of photo 1 are the foreground of photo 2, plus the shape of the mountains indicates that to me.

    I like the first photo better than the second and here are my reasons:

    There’s a distinct foreground, middle ground and background and very beautiful things happening in each of those areas. I’ve been keeping my eye out for overlap lately, and I see it in this photo – in color, texture and light!

    It almost seems that the textures in the second photo all meld together everywhere except the snow-capped area and the sky. The trees in the foreground seem like a wall that come up and block the middle ground area at the base of the mountain, so I don’t get as good of a sense of depth in that photo.

    I’d also be curious to hear how you decided to go B&W on the second image!

    #38685

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Before I write anything down here, I’ll see if I have time to talk about them on the webinar tonight first. Very nice shots. https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-apr-16/

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    I spent a couple minutes trying to explain my thoughts on the photos at the end of webinar last night, @dan-cope. https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar041619/

    #38969

    Dan Cope
    Participant

    Thanks Lydia and James for your excellent comments! Actually the B&W photo was taken from atop a bluff about a mile BEHIND where I took the one along the river. I thought it was an interesting example of the power of focal length. The B&W image was taken at 44mm and the color image was taken at 18mm. Even though I was a mile closer, the mountain looks much farther away simply because of the wide angle. As to why I made the second image black and white, I at first thought this was going to be a nice image with the green trees and the white mountain and some color in the clouds, but when I processed it, it just wasn’t what I was hoping it would be. So I made it B&W.

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    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Oh!! And that was actually my initial thought as far as your location for the second photo. But then the angle seemed different so I thought, ehh, I could see it being over to the right. Should’ve gone with my initial impression! Lol! But that is indeed an excellent example of focal length. Also, a good reminder of how taking similar photos from different spots, angles, and focal lengths can make a world of difference in the end.

    Thanks also for explaining your thought process that led to B&W.

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