The Dilemma of Indecision

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    Lydia Bennett
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    A few weeks ago, I went to a Christian camp for a work weekend with some of my siblings. Since we were there for work, not for pleasure, I barely touched the DSLR, but the first opportunity I had, I knew I wanted to photograph the driveway. It was so picturesque! I especially loved the steep bank down to the lake.

    Well, when I had a few minutes between work and suppertime, I ran and grabbed the camera, and suddenly found myself faced with a dilemma as I tried to compose the scene.

    I loved the driveway/path! Like I said, I found the bank to be unique, and the curve was just picture perfect!

    But I also liked the lake. The reflections were crystal clear, and the color everywhere was so vibrant at this hour.

    But I also liked the sky. It was so blue, the clouds were puffy and wispy and I liked them, and their relection in the lake.

    But I couldn’t quite find a composition that captured all three in one shot, without it looking to me like I had three subjects competing for attention.

    So I thought, well, the path is what caught my attention, so maybe I’ll focus on capturing that, and not worry so much about the sky or the lake. But I didn’t really care for that (_0004 and _0006).

    I tried stepping over and including more lake, and letting the path be a secondary subject, but then I couldn’t get the curve (I didn’t actually photography this perspective, I just eyeballed it).

    Erg! What to do?

    My favorite photo ended up being _0001 (interestingly enough, this was my first shot). But now, when I look back at this photo, yes, I can see all the aspects of beauty, but I still mainly feel like I didn’t capture much more than the dilemma of indecision.

    What do you all see when you look at these photos? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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    #51481
    James Staddon
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    How incredibly interesting! I think it was a good decision to go back to what it was that caught your eye. If I don’t get around to talk about this on the webinar Tuesday (https://www.lenspiration.com/webinar/photo-critique-54/) I’ll be sure to come back and write what comes to mind. This is a tough one! I can totally see myself running out there to photograph this too. 🙂 Very pretty, with the clear reflections especially.

    #51531
    Lydia Bennett
    Moderator

    Sounds good!

    I remember I felt like I was going to break my lens for all the times I kept trying to zoom out more to try to include more of the scene…only to realize I was zoomed out as far as possible! 😄

    #51818
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Yeah, going wider seems to be the best option here, to actually capture what you were wanting. Was it even possible to step back further? The replay of our discussion on it Tuesday is here: https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar54/

    #51835
    Lydia Bennett
    Moderator

    You know, I don’t think it must’ve been a possibility, or I’m pretty sure I would’ve stepped back. I’m not sure why though, other than I was getting too much road, maybe, when I tried that? I don’t really remember.

    I do remember walking back and forth quite a bit to try and find a vantage point. Typically I would shoot most perspectives that I see when I’m sizing up a scene, but this particular time, I was trying to just frame a shot without having to take pictures of every. single. option. before settling on “the best”. But now I don’t have pictures of some of the other perspectives I looked at when I was there! 🙂 I recall intentionally trying to only photograph perspectives that I felt were promising though.

    And it finally dawned on me why you couldn’t quite understand my question in the chat during the webinar! It would’ve helped if I used correct terminology! …I meant to say, I was wondering what a widescreen crop would look like (as in, 16:9), but I said “wide-angle“. 🙂

    So I’ve attached a widescreen crop I tried out, with additional quick edits on the sky, as well as _0006 with some more quick edits.

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    #51909
    James Staddon
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    Yeah, I like the widescreen crop. It makes it feel more balanced somehow. And yeah, widescreen. Wish I would have thought to interpret it as such during the webinar. 🙂

    #51919
    Lydia Bennett
    Moderator

    I think maybe in the original crop, you could feel how expansive the scene was, but felt the limitations of the crop sensor. With the widescreen crop, the amount of sky doesn’t lead you to that same feeling, so you’re actually able to enjoy the elements in the scene better without it feeling like there’s more to be seen. At least that’s what I think. 🙂

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