a teatray in the sky

yellowstone one-a-days: day 6

Posted in 5D Mark II, National Parks, Photography, Technique and Development, Yellowstone National Park by firthefirst on September 21, 2010

had the great luck of catching great sunshine when we went to artist’s point at the grand canyon of the yellowstone.  I don’t like referring to it as the “grand canyon of the yellowstone” because that’s sort of an underhanded claim.  it’s like calling Montgomery College the “Harvard of the Pike” because, well, it is — there’s no other college on Rockville Pike.  we should just call it “big canyon of the yellowstone” or whatever.  something less … grand.

there’s a lot of ways to shoot the lower falls (and to be honest, all of them have been done plenty of times before).  for this one, I took two things I learned this year and put them to good use:

1. don’t always use the wide-angle

2. don’t be afraid to shoot tight

one of the things that happens when we see an expansive natural landscape is we automatically want to capture the entire expansive natural landscape, just the way we see it.  what ends up resulting from this is often a bland shot with key elements relegated to the distant background.  don’t be afraid to use a telephoto, shoot tight, and let the size of the element filling the frame convey the scale and depth of the landscape.

[exif: 5D Mark II,  Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX DG APO HSM,  ISO 800,  f/7.1,  1/3200]

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  1. Tina said, on September 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Hmmmm… But the wide angle just beckons! I really like this too tho. Still, nothing beats just seeing it for yourself. I’ll keep your advice in mind the next time I find myself standing before an expansive scene.

  2. photographyfree4all said, on September 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I like this shot. I think without being there we have no idea if there was something that we missed by not shooting landscape or widening out some. That theory allows me to be very happy with this shot! Great job.

  3. truels said, on September 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I agree, the waterfall is the important subject here – and you captured it just perfect 😉

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