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Autumn at the dam (1)

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Camera Canon Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Exposure Time 1/200
ISO 100

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Shooting Intimate Landscapes taught by Rob Sheppard

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Category Photography
Theme Nature & Landscape
Lynn Thorson on

What is exciting or interesting to you about your photo(s)? A friend & I went to a dam near us in central PA to take pics of the fall foliage. I saw this tree & was intrigued by it so I snapped a few shots. I just loved the way the tree formed a frame around the background.

Lynn Thorson on

Can you tell us about any special equipment or techniques that you used? Just learning & still shooting in auto most of the time.

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This is a really interesting idea. I love the use of selective focus to show off your subject against a soft background. A challenge you are having to this shot, however, is the way the tree branches frame up the background. Because of the way you have put the tree trunk right up against the right side, because it is dark and because the lower branch circles a distinctive landscape, the tree looks like it should be a frame. But it is not a frame to the landscape behind. This makes the foreground and background fight for attention and makes the composition less clear for a viewer. Ask yourself, What is my photo about? Then focus in on what is important to show that.

01/13/2014 Flag

Initially I took the photo because I liked the tree & didn't want it dead center. After I was home I realized it looked more like a frame. Should I edit and or crop it so the tree is more of the focus of the photo?

02/22/2014 Flag

I love this photo but reading Robert's comment I see how it might have been better to have the whole tree... I would have done what you did (have many times) but I want to try his point. Still nice shot.

02/22/2014 Flag

Thank you.

02/22/2014 Flag

I guess I need to clarify my comments before. I think this is a really interesting image and the use of selective focus is terrific. The framing of the tree is very interesting. We don't need to see the whole tree. The challenge is that the shape of the tree and branch creates a very distinctive frame on the background that makes us want to see something special there. But the sky and the landscape there is not that interesting. I think the idea is great, you just need to move around a little to find a background that works better. This might purely be about the tree, in which case, shoot from lower down to put the tree all against the sky. The sky would create an interesting simple background to this unique framing of the tree. Rob

02/28/2014 Flag