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Breaking Throught to the Light

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Breaking Through to the Light
Breaking Through to the Light
f/13 - 1/250 sec - ISO 200, (1) SB800 to the left of the shot, fired remotely (to compensate for the bright sun in the background, and add fill) Only contrast and slight sharpness were adjusted in photoshop (Nothing was added to the picture). I went with a higher aperture so that the lower clouds at the horizon were clear, I'd hoped that this would add depth, and create a more dramatic lead-in from the foreground rocks. My first thought was to lower the aperture to blur the background, and give the tree more emphasis. After thinking about it I'm glad I shot it the way I did. I didn't have much time at each location, so quick decisions were a must. This was taken in Arizona (Montazuma's Well). One of the stops along the 15 States, and 5700 miles I photographed in 2 weeks.
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Chuck S. Frizzell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/16/2008
    I'd like to get some feedback on this. Let me know if you think I made the right choice. Thanks


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10/10/2009 11:49:03 AM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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I think you definitely made the right choice to keep your wide open aperture since your lighting provided perfect definition for you already!
What a dynamic shot Chuck... was this simply a trip you've always wanted to take or was this work? Looking forward to seeing more, I have to say! -DRU Club


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10/15/2009 2:24:49 PM

 
Kate Jackson
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At my photographic society the judges never seem to like you to leave the sun in the shot in situations like this. I do tend to agree with them that here the focus should be on the tree. A wonderful tree. Love the clouds too. I think the picture lies in the tree and if you crop out the sun at the top but leave the rays in we will not then be wondering what the main subject of the shot is.


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10/16/2009 3:23:30 AM

 
Chuck S. Frizzell
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Kate, I argued that same point with myself. But in the end, thought it added interest to the picture. Now I'm having second thoughts. Thank you very much for the comment.


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10/16/2009 10:51:01 AM

 
Chuck S. Frizzell
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Here's the crop.


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10/16/2009 11:19:20 AM

 
Kate Jackson
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Personally I do prefer it without the sun. I know we are still wandering up to those lovely rays but mostly we are concentrating on the tree which is very expertly exposed.


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10/17/2009 2:39:51 AM

 
Chuck S. Frizzell
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Thank you Kate, for the wonderful advice.


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10/17/2009 11:10:14 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Wow great work, the light is superb.


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10/19/2009 6:47:17 PM

 
Chuck S. Frizzell
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Thank's Dianna.


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10/19/2009 7:08:48 PM

 
Lyn Darlington
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Congrats on your finalist!


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11/16/2011 2:56:15 PM

 
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Great move with the speedlight. Really transforms the scene.


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11/16/2011 6:52:52 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Big Congratulations on this awesome Gold 2nd Place Winner Chuck ...fantastic!!!

jo ann c.


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11/17/2011 4:44:48 PM

 
Katherine Kuhn
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Congratulations on your beautiful winner!


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11/17/2011 5:40:31 PM

 
David M. Montero
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Fantastic shot. Great work Chuck. Congratulations on scoring gold!


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11/18/2011 12:28:23 PM

 
Chuck S. Frizzell
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Wow, what an honor, Thanks everyone.


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11/18/2011 6:51:29 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Congratulations!
You’re the kind of person who makes the world a better, brighter place…You worked hard for this, you made it happen, and you have a right to be proud. So enjoy these satisfying moments; you deserve every one! Merna


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11/18/2011 9:18:47 PM

 
Chuck S. Frizzell
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What a wonderfully nice comment Merna, thank you!


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11/18/2011 11:38:21 PM

 
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