Posted by Mark Esposito | Posted in Composition, Locations, Southwest | Posted on 26-04-2009
I happily broke the Rule of thirds (just about) with this photo in order to get the clouds. The rule seemed to violate what my eye told me was right, so out goes the rule. (you know what they say about rules)
The reason it works (for me) is that the tree and clouds fill the top half of the photo, so there isn’t much dead space in the sky.
I was thinking about a title for this scene, and what came to mind was “Canyon Seating”. It looks like a great spot for a sleeping bag as well. That would be some scene to wake up to – if you could get past the fear of something licking your ear, or rolling down the hill into the canyon.
Interestingly this was shot with the Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye lens, which you would never guess. It’s a fantastic lens that I would recommend highly for most Nikon bodies. (except the D3/D700) In the uncropped version you can see some curvature in the horizon, but cropped I don’t see it.
Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye – Buy on Amazon
Technical Details: Nikon D200/10.5mm, 180/sec @f9
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Posted by Mark Esposito | Posted in Composition, Locations, Southwest | Posted on 23-04-2009
I’m heading off to a Photo Workshop in Chinle AZ and Monument Valley Utah with Alain and Natalie Briot in the next couple of weeks, so I hope to have something new to show when I get back. It seems like good composition would be easier at a place like the Grand Canyon, but this is far from true. The senses are overwhelmed by the vastness and power of the view, but that doesn’t automatically translate into a great composition on print. In fact, if you just throw the wide-angle lens on the camera, trying to capture the feeling, you’ll probably end up with a bunch of busy photos with no subject for the eye. It may still be a pleasing image, but it probably won’t go beyond that.
This image had something that I really liked beyond pleasing, but I had to do some serious cropping to get the foreground right, and as such I think the print will have to stay on the smaller side.
Feel free to comment on it.
By the way, Check out Alain’s new book coming out on Composition link here
Nikon D200/12-24mm @ 14mm
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Posted by Mark Esposito | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-04-2009
Welcome to the glorious-landscape Blog!
The objective of the blog is to focus on the Art of Photography, with an emphasis on the spiritual implications of what we see in the natural world.
Rather than Mother Earth, which evidently could mean all kinds of things, I see a creative power and design in the Universe, so I approach photography as a chance to get a further glimpse of the Designer. Everyone needs focus, and that’s mine. It’s wonderful that Art allows for all viewpoints. Spiritual beliefs of all kinds have influenced Art forever and always will.
Anyway, I offer here my photography, and hope to build a long-term presence over time as I continue to study composition along with keeping in touch with the umpteen pieces of software that I need to use, printers, gear, etc. Everything is on the table. If you’re interested in my gear and software, see the Bio page.
Mark Esposito – April, 2009