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Fun with MF images 2021

Greg Haag

Well-known member
Before visiting Horseshoe Bend I did not understand the scale of this view. I cropped the sky out of this, it just seemed to add nothing to the image. I would like to revisit this shot and try again, have the same feelings about Monument Valley.

IQ4 150 Cambo1600 Rodenstock 32

Horseshoe Bend-1.jpg
 

jng

Well-known member
I am not sure it is the exact same image, but here is one with the sky.

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Hi Greg,

I think the sliver of sky in this second image is just the right amount to frame the rest of the image - more would be a distraction with no additional value added, less would feel too constraining. The first image feels incomplete (perhaps un-anchored) without it. Sometimes I find that the horizon close to the edge adds a nice tension to the image. Lovely image, regardless.

John
 

Greg Haag

Well-known member
Hi Greg,

I think the sliver of sky in this second image is just the right amount to frame the rest of the image - more would be a distraction with no additional value added, less would feel too constraining. The first image feels incomplete (perhaps un-anchored) without it. Sometimes I find that the horizon close to the edge adds a nice tension to the image. Lovely image, regardless.

John
Thank you John! Do you ever just look at something too long and lose a vision for the image? I think that has happened to me on this. I had a certain pre-visualization of the shot and the sky and that evening turned out to be nothing like that. I have struggled salvaging something I find pleasing.
 

drevil

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Here we go again, its winter in Beijing and the oh so typical brownish colors of Beijing's winters have arrived.
I havent been to this section of the wall in nearly four years, locals are ordered to stop us from hiking on the great wall, and so it happened on that day too. We had to pass through a small village and people stopped our bus. An old guy with a typical red arm band told us aggressively we should go back, we cannot pass. I told him I was here the day before and his colleague/neighbour told me it would be fine, he just pointed at his red arm band and I tried to say in chinese "oh you are the big man here" (of course he is not, he is just a volunteer to spy on anything happening and those people love the feeling to be in charge)
Luckily he wasnt alone and the other locals were more friendly and had overridden his denial and we were allowed to go anyway, such annoyances.

The hike itself was more troublesome, its a quite steep ascend for around 1.5 hours i was dead beat at the end after around 10km hiking.

Contax645 + 35mm Distagon and Phase One P65+
 

jng

Well-known member
Thank you John! Do you ever just look at something too long and lose a vision for the image? I think that has happened to me on this. I had a certain pre-visualization of the shot and the sky and that evening turned out to be nothing like that. I have struggled salvaging something I find pleasing.
Greg,

Sometimes fresh eyes - either from others or your own after setting the image aside for a while - can do wonders. I find that making an actual print helps me see things that I otherwise miss even after (or perhaps because) I've stared at the computer screen for hours. Same thing when reviewing a manuscript draft - for whatever reason I pick up all kinds of things - typos, redundancies, better ways of phrasing - when I hold the printed page in my hand. Anyway, you made a lovely image!

John
 
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