Dan Cope

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Family photo in the forum Photo Critique 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    I too like the second photo! Very nice! What stands out to me about the first one is that the barn wall seems too overwhelming. There is so much of it in the photo that it almost seems as if it’s a picture of a wall with a family in front of it as a opposed to being a picture of a family with a wall behind them. Also the white rim board at the b…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Montana mountains in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 1 month ago

    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…[Read more]

  • 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?

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Yosemite Falls in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thanks Lydia and Hannah for the comments! Good thoughts! I think that although the trees on the left side do put the size of the falls in perspective, yet it’s not definite enough because as far as the uninformed viewer knows, they could actually be small trees. A person standing in a purposeful pose would be more of a definite size comparison. P…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Yosemite Falls in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 2 months ago

    Awesome!! Thanks for all the good comments and helpful insights! This was my second visit to Yosemite and fortunately there was good water flow both times I was there! I photographed the more iconic view from across the valley, trying to incorporate various rocks and vegetation along the river as foreground subjects, but being two days before…[Read more]

  • Here’s a shot I took of the Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park. It was late in the year and most of the color was gone from the trees, but right near the falls there was still some foliage. I wish I could have figured out a better way to portray how big and impressive this location is. As you can see in the unedited version, there were…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Frozen Ice drops in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 3 months ago

    Do you think that that level of zoom can be done still in editing?

    It’s doubtful. What you have here is a picture of branches with a few barely noticeable ice droplets. In order to make it into a photo of ice droplets, you would need to zoom WAY in until the ice droplets become prominent. That amount of “zoom” or crop in post processing would…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Frozen Ice drops in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 3 months ago

    I think it would have been good if you could have found a way to zoom in on the ice drops and isolated them more. As it is they don’t stand out as a subject in the midst of the clutter of branches.

  • Opportunities for snowy landscapes have been few and far between this winter here in WV! Here’s a few from the archives taken on a memorably snowy morning a few years ago. Perhaps the same day that you took yours, James?!

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Overplayed in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 6 months ago

    I’ve never heard of “an effect called opoid.” Can you explain further?

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Grand Canyon in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 6 months ago

    Thanks Kina!

    I can’t claim to have done anything right taking it- it was pure chance:)

    I disagree! True, there are those times when you’re in a great location with great lighting and it seems that you can just “point and shoot” and come away with an impressive picture, but even so, there are some things here that you’ve done right! Not e…[Read more]

  • You’re welcome Ben! I wouldn’t say it’s a “fail”. I’m sure it has potential to be used for something! And even if you don’t ever actually use it, like you said, every photo is a “learning moment” and that makes it worthwhile even if it didn’t turn out as impressive as you had initially hoped! And besides, for you the photo is definitely worth…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Grand Canyon in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 6 months ago

    Here’s kind of what I had in mind with my suggested edit to the foreground. I emphasized the clump of sagebrush and the surrounding color by brightening it and adding contrast. I brought out the color a little more by using color balance layers. I also darkened some of the other foliage and removed a few distractions, including the people! They…[Read more]

  • Nice colorful sunset! I know what you mean by being “a little rushed in trying to get it before it faded away.” It seems like those colorful sunsets are gone so quick! Good job on capturing the colors! Although there’s not much that draws me into the picture other than the color. The silhouette of the tree leaves against the colored sky does offer…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Grand Canyon in the forum Photo Critique 1 year, 6 months ago

    Very nice! Like @dhancock mentioned I would straighten the horizon. Personally, I like the cropped version better as it narrows in on what’s interesting. In fact I would actually crop it in a little more. Your foreground is nice and well edited. I really like how you captured the lighting! A good foreground is often what sets a photo apart from o…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Wedding Photos in the forum Photography Q&A 1 year, 6 months ago

    Thanks @dhancock! Post processing is definitely a way to compensate for this issue as you can see in the examples I’ve posted. I’m simply wondering how a wedding photographer would take care of this in camera.

    You could always throw a gel on the flash to change the white balance to match the building.

    Is this something that those of you who…[Read more]

  • While looking at the pictures from my daughters wedding this past summer there’s a question that keeps coming to my mind. My interest in photography is primarily with landscapes and I’ve done very little indoor/flash photography so my experience and understanding in that area is limited. But what I’m noticing is that even though the interior walls…[Read more]

  • Well I can identify with you on that since I live in the “Mountain State” tucked between two hills! I don’t get to see sunrises or sunsets unless I leave home! And I can also identify with what you’re saying about not knowing what you could have done differently in composing the shot. It’s easy to look at a photo and say what could be improved,…[Read more]

  • Nice! I especially like the rock building and the tree reflections!

  • What I like about the photo is that you have found something interesting for a foreground subject. Imagine this photo without the rocks in the foreground and it would be much less interesting. Now for what I don’t like! To me it’s too heavily “weighted” on the right side. The rocks are primarily on the right and even the tree line on the horizon…[Read more]

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