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roguecoolman
Registered: Jul 07, 2005
Total Posts: 1928
Country: United States

Hello All,

I worked a recent colored photo to a BW.

#1 with deer

Heavens Opened - BW #1 by Jason Chong's Photography, on Flickr


#2 no deer


Heavens Opened - BW #2 by Jason Chong's Photography, on Flickr

I have 2 crops. Some suggested no deer. What do you guys think? Deer or No deer?


C&C welcome,

Jason



airfrogusmc
Registered: Jan 12, 2010
Total Posts: 3262
Country: United States

Deer definitely. It gives the image scale. It also reminds me a little of the famous Adams image "Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine California"






douter
Registered: Mar 10, 2010
Total Posts: 11321
Country: United States

I prefer the version with the deer. The added realestate in the foreground helps build into the mountain for my eye.
Douglas



T-bone1
Registered: Jun 29, 2008
Total Posts: 8977
Country: United States

Yes, #1 for me as well.
LOVE the sun rays!

Tim



Charlie Shugart
Registered: Feb 06, 2007
Total Posts: 28515
Country: United States

Jason,
I definitely prefer #1- but not because of the deer. The crop on #2 makes the base too thin imo. A solid chunk of granite like Glacier Point needs something fairly substantial to rest upon .
That said, I think the deer add a good element without presenting any distractions.
Someone on the other forum suggested a bit darker sky- and you obliged here. It looks better this way imo .
Charlie
PS- a marvelous photograph!



Dougo
Registered: Feb 10, 2006
Total Posts: 5642
Country: Australia

Beautiful Jason, definitely the first one.

Cheers Ray



CDaescher
Registered: Jul 19, 2011
Total Posts: 11148
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Jason, I like wildlife and landscapes. So for me definitely #1.
Great shot with very cool sun rays.
Chris



roguecoolman
Registered: Jul 07, 2005
Total Posts: 1928
Country: United States

Thanks for the comments everyone! It's interesting in that most of the folks here on BW like the shots with the deer while the landscape forum folks prefer the one without.

I love the photo ""Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine California"" from Ansel. Have that hanging on my wall, one of my favorites

Jason



George Owens
Registered: Dec 08, 2005
Total Posts: 157
Country: United States

Beautiful!



Tim ONeill
Registered: Feb 06, 2003
Total Posts: 16640
Country: United States

I'll go against the grain here Jason. I think the foreground in the first a bit too bright, so less of it in #2 is pleasing me more here. I did like the deer.



Oregon Gal
Registered: Nov 02, 2008
Total Posts: 2054
Country: United States

Beautiful, the sun rays are amazing. I love them both but #1for me because of the additional foreground. I think reducing the highlights in the foreground might be something to consider.



Mister Bean
Registered: Jan 30, 2007
Total Posts: 593
Country: United States

I prefer without the deer. I didn't comment before, but when I saw the original composition with the deer I thought it would be better without them. I still think so.



Joe Warren
Registered: Mar 13, 2005
Total Posts: 156
Country: United States

Another vote for #1 with the deer but to me this one needs to have the snow highlights in the four-ground darkened a bit. The second one addresses this by removing much of this area. Perhaps this might be the reason some prefer #2.



roguecoolman
Registered: Jul 07, 2005
Total Posts: 1928
Country: United States

Thanks for the comments everyone. I'll rework some of the foreground snow. I do like the deer

Jason