Critique Style Requested: Standard
The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.
This was my first time wandering through the mesquite forest, along the Salt River in Arizona, for the purpose of photographing the forest and not the wildlife or individual trees. This forest is dense in places and chaotic everywhere with multiple trails left by the wild horses that it nourishes and shelters.
This is definitely a “Go Slow” place. The wildlife here is abundant and can be scary with rattlesnakes, mountain lions and wild stallions around. Constant awareness is key, for more than finding good images.
Mesquite trees can grow in very unusual and random patterns, which adds to the eeriness and intrigue of this forest. I love it!
I will be spending a lot more time here as it is close to my home, 20 minutes, and every turn of head, light change, and season change presents something different or new.
Any comments are welcome, composition choice, color…
Next time I will bring my tripod. I always go with at least a monopod, as much for probing for snakes as stabilization. It also is more mobile if horses are around. But this morning the sky was over cast and I think the stability would have improved focusing. Focus is also a challenge, for me, as I haven’t done focus stacking. So choosing the right focal plane and depth of field in this environment is tricky.
Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8, at 32 mm
1/13 sec, f/22, ISO 1600
LR editing exposure, color, sharpening