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| p.1 #3 · Composition by content and exclusion |
ben egbert wrote:
For landscapes I always level my camera to avoid distortion. I then choose a place to stand, and a focal length that includes what I want to show and excludes what I donít like.
I either lower the camera, use shift on my TSE lens or crop to make minor adjustments to the horizon placement. I ignore rule of thirds. When not using a TSE lens I will aim up or down but only very slightly.
A nearly centered horizon is not at all unusual from a standing position and looks perfectly natural to me. The horizon is what it is.
I walk around to include leading lines, avoid roads or manmade stuff, shadows etc. I then wait for light, or rush to avoid missing it.
As I was driving the Nebo scenic loop Wednesday, I kept seeing these yellow flowers. Then I saw this scene with the fence, flowers and tree backdrop. I tried several compositions but chose these two to show here. Nothing great about either, but they provide an opportunity to talk about how to solve a problem.
The first is my favorite image, but there was no way to avoid my own shadow. You can probably see where I lightened it. Even as I was composing I was thinking about how to clone it out. But I prefer avoidance or reduction to substitution. Advice requested. IE, clone, crop or lighten?
The second one is from a very low position getting closer to the flowers and is aligned to avoid my shadow, but the overall image is not as pleasing to me. These two were pretty much the only options I could see.
Any and all comments welcome.
Thanks for the comments Rusty. First on the comp, content always sways me over compositional rules, and I really like that stand of trees in the first, you know I will be back this fall for those babies. But I know what you mean about the second.
I have another comp closer to the flowers and fence and with only my camera/tripod in the shadow. But the fence is not well positioned.
As soon as I took that first shot with partial cloud cover over the sun, the sun peeped out and it got brighter. I took some with this light and as you can imagine a very prominent shadow. No chance to lighten that. So I selected another grass area and covered it. Here is the result, bare in mind this was in brighter light.
I will also include the other shot near the fence. I did not like the fence post so close to the corner in this one. But the clone job seems better here.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 24 mm f/8.0 1/160 sec 100 ISO 0.0 EV
Closer to fence
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 24 mm f/11.0 1/160 sec 100 ISO 0.0 EV