Friday, October 22, 2010

The Winding Road - Redux

Several weeks ago I had an image of mine critiqued for Outdoor Photographer Magazine by professional landscape/nature photographer, Michael Frye (See "The Value of Critiques"). Well, last week I happened to be in that same area where I took the image so I thought I'd apply some of Michael's advice and see where it got me.

Besides the changes in composition, a "cinematic" crop, a light fog, and a full year in between, this image was shot with the Nikon 70-300mm lens. One advantage provided by the lens is that the entire scene is "compressed" making it look like the furthest of curves is much closer than it actually is.

Here's the original shot...

What do you think? Do you prefer the new composition over the original? What might you have done differently?


Anonymous said...

Hey Ken,

I read the critique from Michael and I did agree with a few points, but honestly, I like the original composition better and here's why. The first thing I notice is the colors are more vibrant. Secondly, I like the perspective of the original better. It feels like you could just walk out of the picture and onto the road. On the redux, it seems like you'd have to jump down 20 feet to get to the road. Also, on the redux, you've got a street sign and a mailbox in the shot. They're not in the original. Also, the redux seems a little hazy. Maybe there was some fog? But it doesn't seem foggy enough to give it a good feeling - just seems hazy.

Take this FWIW - I'm a complete greenhorn!

Adam in North Dakota

Ken Schram said...

Hey, Adam. I personally like the original shot better myself for nearly all the same reasons you listed. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. - Ken

Anonymous said...


I like the original much better. The road clearly is the primary subject in a beautiful setting and I like the diagonal line of the curving road. I also read the critique and I did like one of the crops where the yellow line was a little higher up on the left side, but this is excellent too. It makes you want to explore this road.

Pam (in California)

Ken Schram said...

Hi Pam. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I just KNOW there are better photos to be captured at this location. It's the combination of heavy vehicle traffic to/from the ferry combine with a large number of other photographers trying to capture the scene that make it such a challenge.

Best wishes - Ken

Lisadawn Schram said...

Well, I agree with comments above about the crisp colors of the first, which I like best as well, While I also agreed with some of the comments made about your original shot, I did not find the sky needed to be added to the shot, either, as I felt it detracted from the scene you were seeing as if you were driving down the road. (I don't know about you, but I NEVER look at the sky when driving on that road!, and there's enough to see without it, although it an interesting perspective.) I felt your original captured the beauty of that specific "fall" drive, encompassing the peace, serenity, and unforgettable vision of "the drive"-one that never leaves your mind, and conjures up memories of Sunday drives with your grandparents. I will post my latest shot, taken with my wide angle, soon. THAT's a WEIRD perspective.

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