Better title suggestions welcome… I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and is one of those images where I told myself I would put out for critique, even though it’s probably one of those image that would work best in a series, not necessarily standing out enough on its own.
Same area of the Merced river canyon where I’ve posted recent images from.
Merced River canyon environment
Type of Critique Requested
Aesthetic: Feedback on the overall visual appeal of the image, including its color, lighting, cropping, and composition.
Conceptual: Feedback on the message and story conveyed by the image.
Emotional: Feedback on the emotional impact and artistic value of the image.
Technical: Feedback on the technical aspects of the image, such as exposure, color, focus and reproduction of colors and details, post-processing, and print quality.
Specific Feedback and Self-Critique
I’m posting because I think this is a good example where I ask myself the question, “Why did I capture this?” Or, does this capture what I was experiencing at the moment?
I’ve always been attracted to the walls of the Merced River canyon. But am having difficulty capturing what I experience. I think now after reading the recent NPN article “Peripheral Landscapes” by @Murray Livingston, I think I may have made a connection - or at least I was able to see a new way of thinking about images and connecting the capture to the moment. And so with that, I’m going to include a wider image showing more of the environment I’m exploring. You can see the oak tree in the background right of center.
Anyway, I’m now asking the question or exploring the concept of not what is necessarily contained within the frame of the image - but what is implied or told about what is not seen in the image. Is this concept to far out there? I’m no thinking about this: We spend all our time eliminating edge distractions, and making sure eveything within the frame is balanced, T’s crossed, I’s dotted… But as the photographer, we’re all standing there seeing and experiencing everything outside of the frame… yet it’s only what we capture inside the frame that we present.
All comments, suggestions welcome. I’ve included both the uncropped version and the environment image; and wondering if that was necessary. Spent too much time tweaking colors, cropping decisions (some minor cloning along the edges, etc.) So also curious to know if you prefer the crop of the full frame version. Lot’s of messy and little distractions in both versions. For starters, that oak ain’t the best lookin’ tree you’ll ever find.
ok, enough for now. Would love your feedback on any of the above comments. Thank you!
Nikon D800E, 28-300mm @116mm f/16 1/4s. 2 image focus blend - although honestly at the distance I was shooting it was completely unnecessary to do a focus stack. oh well.