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p.1 #1 · Horseshoe Glitter


Congratulations to Justin Grimm for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 13 votes - View Previous Winners


This is the first of many images that will be added into a brand new portfolio of mine called "For the Bright"! I love the drama and excitement of an epic sunset or moody twilight image, but recently I have been focusing on shooting while the sun is casting direct light over a scene. Taking time to study how the light can create more interesting compositions and depth to an image is something I want to strive for in the future.

Utilizing focus blending, I aligned a rock no more then 8 inches from my lens to complete the curve formed by the right cliff face 1000 feet below. I waited till the sun dropped enough to only light up the areas I wanted, and I love the natural bright frame it provided me with.

As for the "glitter", that comes from all the tiny fruit flies in front of the lens being lit up by the sun. I chose not to clone them out since they make it just a bit more magical :P

Thanks for looking, and have an awesome weekend!

www.justingrimmphotography.com







Jun 07, 2014 at 10:53 AM
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p.1 #2 · Horseshoe Glitter


can't believe I am the first to comment! I really like this one. the lighting is really nice.


Jun 07, 2014 at 04:54 PM
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p.1 #3 · Horseshoe Glitter


nice one dude, a great take on this spot for sure


Jun 07, 2014 at 05:02 PM
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p.1 #4 · Horseshoe Glitter


Hey Justin,

It's cool to see you chasing some different light in your shots. Nice work with the focus stacking. I do like the composition, but I am thinking the sky feels too bright. I think... I would darken the sky to get it to a little closer match the brightness of your lit up foreground. As it is, the Bright sky to dim canyon to lit up foreground doesn't flow evenly in terms of light. For visual flow, it's not always about physical leading lines, but also about leading lines created by light.

Anyway, like I said, I think... that would help this otherwise nice shot.

Jim



Jun 07, 2014 at 05:52 PM
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p.1 #5 · Horseshoe Glitter


Saw this on 500px and was hoping you would post it here. Agree with Jim on the too bright sky.

Awesome image, thanks for posting it.



Jun 07, 2014 at 09:00 PM
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p.1 #6 · Horseshoe Glitter


Thanks for the suggestions, but the brightness of the sky is a very delibarate choice on my part, and quite accurate of how the sky looked. Dropping the exposure would be a very easy way to get more colour, but keeping it right on the edge of being bright and still having detail was a lot harder for me to pull off. I'm looking right into the sun that is still well above the horizon, so I want it to feel like that.

Edited on Jun 07, 2014 at 09:46 PM · View previous versions



Jun 07, 2014 at 09:32 PM
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p.1 #7 · Horseshoe Glitter


Awesome shot, Justin, I like! I would think a heavy GND filter would be perfect for this timing setup. IMO anwyay. Cheers!
Linds



Jun 07, 2014 at 09:43 PM
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p.1 #8 · Horseshoe Glitter


I like it. It is brighter than what one normally expects, but that's your point.
I think it works well. I like it.

David



Jun 07, 2014 at 11:14 PM
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p.1 #9 · Horseshoe Glitter


This is a gorgeous photo - really nicely done.


Jun 07, 2014 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #10 · Horseshoe Glitter


Beautiful!


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p.1 #11 · Horseshoe Glitter


Great shot Justin. The Sun placement balances the image very nicely. The sky and foreground rocks lost some highlight detail in the red channel though.
I really like the overall composition and great sharpness throughout.
Fred



Jun 08, 2014 at 02:35 AM
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p.1 #12 · Horseshoe Glitter


Definitely bright .

I too agree with Jim but I wouldn't change it much.

Very nice! Looking forward to more "bright" creations.



Jun 08, 2014 at 03:04 AM
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p.1 #13 · Horseshoe Glitter


Beautiful! Mind me asking what lens? Was it the 17L tse?


Jun 08, 2014 at 03:45 AM
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p.1 #14 · Horseshoe Glitter


I like it as is, nicely done.


Jun 08, 2014 at 04:04 AM
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p.1 #15 · Horseshoe Glitter


Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback.

BostonGreg wrote:
Beautiful! Mind me asking what lens? Was it the 17L tse?


Thanks Greg. I made the switch to Nikon and the 14-24mm around christmas this year. Sold off my TS-E and everything else Canon.



Jun 08, 2014 at 03:00 PM
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p.1 #16 · Horseshoe Glitter


it's a beauty Justin


Jun 09, 2014 at 12:56 AM
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p.1 #17 · Horseshoe Glitter


Nice. Sunset/sunrise color is always a joy, but I have found I almost prefer the moment about 5 minutes later when the sun is just starting to wash across the landscape and lighting everything up with the start of a new day.


Jun 09, 2014 at 03:35 PM
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p.1 #18 · Horseshoe Glitter


It's definitely a bit bright for my liking, but I still like it nonetheless. Plus, it's your image, so as long as you're happy with it. Overall, nice work!

-Nick



Jun 09, 2014 at 04:32 PM
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p.1 #19 · Horseshoe Glitter


Very nice Justin!
I do think it's just a tiny bit bright, possibly the use of the 14-24mm without a filter...



Jun 09, 2014 at 04:36 PM
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p.1 #20 · Horseshoe Glitter


Excellent photo


Jun 09, 2014 at 08:30 PM
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