Tag Archives: Landscape
Here’s an image of an awesome sunset in the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite National Park. One of the things about photographing in unfamiliar mountain territory is that sometimes the light can do things you don’t quite expect. This was one of those times where I planned out the shot I was going to take at sunset and the sky began to light up in a different direction. It’s times like this that flexibility is key, not to mention the ability to run with all your gear! The 8,000 ft altitude made it tough but I ran flat about for about a quarter mile and set up for this shot while panting heavily. Not what I had planned but minus the stich in my side, I felt it worked out well!
Here’s an image from Mono Lake that I just processed yesterday! The previous day’s sunset was obscured by a passing storm but that meant that the sunrise the next morning was beautiful as the storm was clearing up. It was fun taking a look around and realizing that it didn’t matter which direction I shot because the colors were everywhere!
This was the second day I spent photographing at Point Imperial. I was hoping for a little bit better colors in the sky, but it just didn’t happen. The nice thing about spending a couple days in the same area is that you get to explore and find different compositions to try instead of going for the obvious shots. If you get a chance to visit the North Rim, I highly recommend taking it. It’s definitely one of my favorite places to shoot!
One of the things I’ve noticed about myself is that I really get into the groove when I’m photo processing. The artistic side of processing photos is really something that I enjoy very much and I can get lost in it for hours (and sometimes spend hours on a single image). I love to try out new techniques and find new and creative ways to process images to get the most out of my photos.
So for today, I wanted to post a then and now version of a photo I took at the Grand Canyon last year. It’s a mark of how much I’ve learned about post processing, but also through revisiting some of my older photos I am able to learn about what I need to improve. Many times when we get our photos back from a shoot, it’s easy to love them right away. By going back and reviewing them after the “glow” has worn off, it’s easier to see with a clear eye.
This was processed last month using only Photoshop:
Thanks for looking and be sure to leave your thoughts and feedback!
When photographing something as expansive as the Grand Canyon, it’s important to find strong foreground element. In this case, I used the roots which lead your eye into the center of the image and the tree on the right which provides a natural frame to edge of the photo. Having a distinct foreground, mid-ground and background creates a much stronger image and is a great way to show depth.
Next time you’re out photographing, take the time to look around and see what interesting elements you can find and how you can arrange them in your composition.