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    Paul Johnson

    Photo #1
    I was able to get this photo while we were vacationing in Chincoteague, VA for spring break. The photo is taken on the shore of Tom’s Cove on Assateague Island. I am still trying to learn the “technique” of photography.

    Nikon D90
    ISO 1250
    Edited using RAWTherapee

    Photo #2
    In this shot I was trying for the theme “Life from death”, but i was never able to isolate only one young tree among the fallen ones. Trees had been ravaged by beetles and then blown down by Hurricane Sandy. I think this photo still needs a lot of editing, but I have just begun to figure out RAWTherapee.

    Nikon D90
    ISO 1250
    Edited using RAWTherapee


    Lydia Bennett

    @paulnmerrie, here are my thoughts on the two photos.

    #1- I really like the subject in this photo – it’s unique and I like the perspective! The photo is a little messy with the grass sticking up in front of the wood; I think it could be warmed up as well.

    #2- I appreciate the concept you were trying to capture here, but the pines just don’t stand out very well from everything else; there’s a lot going on in the photo. I’m not exactly sure how I would’ve composed it myself, but I do know that in a disorderly scene like this, it’s up to us as photographers to find a way to help the viewer to see the order in the chaos. The photo also seems like it could use a tad more saturation and perhaps a bit of warming of temperature.


    Logan Lamar

    @paulnmerrie @bennett-family just to add to what Lydia was saying with composition on photo 2….

    “It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.”
    —Antoine de Saint Exupéry, source: WikiQuote

    I read this quote from some random philosopher in a photography book, and I think it speaks a ton to us a photographers, especially with composition.
    What was it about your subject—in your case, I suppose the pine tree—that caught your attention and made you say “I want to photograph that!”. Was it the spiny needles? Was it the way the light hit the back of it? Was it the fact that it was growing in a patch of dead twigs? Find what exactly drew you to the tree, and isolate that. Try to remove as many of the extra elements as you can that aren’t important to what you’re trying to convey. You can do this by changing your angle on the subject, changing your lens or focal length, or even adjusting the depth of field by the aperture number.

    Here’s a little example I dug up:

    The first photo is what I saw on my hike through a public park, but the second photo is a little closer to conveying what drew me to the subject.

    Hope this helps!

    • This reply was modified 4 months ago by  Logan Lamar.

    Lydia Bennett

    Great example, @loganlamar!

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