Breaking Through to the Light

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Breaking Through to the Light

Chuck S. Frizzell 10/10/2009 11:49:03 AM

I'd like to get some feedback on this. Let me know if you think I made the right choice. Thanks #1190524

M.Christine Duncan 10/15/2009 2:24:49 PM

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 #8040563

Kate Jackson 10/16/2009 3:23:30 AM

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. #8041760

Chuck S. Frizzell 10/16/2009 10:51:01 AM

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. #8043261

Chuck S. Frizzell 10/16/2009 11:19:20 AM

Here's the crop. #8043301

Kate Jackson 10/17/2009 2:39:51 AM

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. #8044631

Chuck S. Frizzell 10/17/2009 11:10:14 AM

Thank you Kate, for the wonderful advice. #8045656

Dianna Murphy 10/19/2009 6:47:17 PM

Wow great work, the light is superb. #8051370

Chuck S. Frizzell 10/19/2009 7:08:48 PM

Thank's Dianna. #8051419

Lyn Darlington 11/16/2011 2:56:15 PM

Congrats on your finalist! #9808803

The Judges at 11/16/2011 6:52:52 PM

Great move with the speedlight. Really transforms the scene. #9810563

JO ANN CLEVELAND 11/17/2011 4:44:48 PM

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

jo ann c. #9814825

Katherine Kuhn 11/17/2011 5:40:31 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner! #9815054

David M. Montero 11/18/2011 12:28:23 PM

Fantastic shot. Great work Chuck. Congratulations on scoring gold! #9816965

Chuck S. Frizzell 11/18/2011 6:51:29 PM

Wow, what an honor, Thanks everyone. #9817725

Merna L. Nobile 11/18/2011 9:18:47 PM

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

Chuck S. Frizzell 11/18/2011 11:38:21 PM

What a wonderfully nice comment Merna, thank you! #9818175

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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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