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NEWS and NOTEWORTHY
Last month I recorded a webinar for NIK SOFTWARE, entitled, “Keeping it Simple” (www.niksoftware.com) that you can access via the Nik Software Webinar Library by clicking here:
I am presently in Arizona. The first of 3 workshops ended last weekend. Though this as far from a banner wildflower season, we spent 3 ½ days in and around Phoenix and Tucson learning and photographing the landscape and some of the nuance of the southwest. For example we spent an afternoon at the Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson as well as the old town Tucson area, photographing the buildings and intimate aspects of this beautiful area.
2012 Workshop Info:
Arizona Workshops later this month — FILLED
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Washington, MAY 2012 ( www.pacificnorthwestartschool.com) few seats left, not many! http://www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org/all/photography-workshops/graham-jack-photography-on-whidbey-may-9-12-2012-1
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK..MAY 2012 – 1 seat left http://jackgrahamphoto.com/olympic-national-park
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE …JUNE 2012 – 2 seats left http://jackgrahamphoto.com/columbia-river-gorge-and-mt-hood-photography-workshop
THE PALOUSE, JUNE 2012, 1 Seat left http://jackgrahamphoto.com/spring-palouse-now-5-days
ULTIMATE ICELAND, 10 days, JULY 2012 –ONLY 1 SEAT LEFT http://jackgrahamphoto.com/ultimate-iceland-july-2012
OREGON COAST 5 DAYS!—August 2012—2 seats open http://jackgrahamphoto.com/2012-oregon-coast-cannon-beach-bandon-5-full-day
NAPA VALLEY, No.CALIFORNIA COAST, SAN FRANCISCO MORE!!!SEPTEMBER 2012 ( www.pacificnorthwestartschool.com ) few seats left, not many! http://www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org/all/photography-workshops/graham-jack-fall-in-northern-ca-sep-20-23-2012-1
TETONS & YELLOWSTONE, SEPTEMBER 2012 3 seats open http://jackgrahamphoto.com/fall-grand-teton-and-yellowstone-np-photography-workshop
17TH ANNUAL EASTERN SIERRA FALL WORKSHOP with GUY TAL www.guytal.com JUST a FEW SEATS LEFT—filling fast http://jackgrahamphoto.com/17th-annual-eastern-sierra-photography-workshop-mono-lake-alabama-hills-bristlecone-pine-bodie-more
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WHICH ONE WORKS? #6, the Sonoran Desert…
. . Make Sure you are in the Right Location
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In this series of articles, I discuss and compare images and talk about why I like one over the other.
Choosing one image over other similar images is one that we all deal with in our digital darkroom.
I suggest to you, as well as my workshop participants to work the subject while in the field, make final decisions on your monitors at home. The final image is important for whatever project it’s being used for, and spending time determining which image works vs. another is well worth it. In many case the slightest difference in composition, light etc makes all the difference, Most of the time it is very clear which one is better for your individual needs than others, sometimes it’s not. Often we may take many frames of a subject in different light and different angles. Each frame can evoke a different feeling to the subject.
Always remember that you need a good subject and acceptable light, or your final image will probably be less than desirable.
Your comments, as always are more than welcome.—JG
LOCATION: Bartlett Lake area, North and East of the Phoenix, Arizona metro area.
Note the GPS DATA BELOW for each image
I arrived into the Phoenix area about a week and a half ago, prior to my wildflower/landscape workshop in and around Phoenix and Tucson. I went out scouting areas I wanted to take my workshop participants the morning after I arrived. A rather vigorous storm was predicted for later this day, That information, combined with wanting to be in this location for the sweet light, right after sunrise made it imperative that I get up and out early.
I caught a rather nice sunrise, then ventured down the road a bit, where I came onto a nice area that depicted the beautiful Sonoran Desert. The following morning I was standing in about a foot of Snow up in Sedona, just about an hour and one half north!
TECH DATA: Both images taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikon 28-70mm 2.8 ED IF Lens. I used a Singh Ray 2 stop, soft , graduated filter on each omage (www.singh-ray.com)
IMAGE 1 2012:03:17 06:55:26 2.8 @ at 70mm
1/3 sec, f/20 Mode: Av Metering: Multi-segment
ISO: 200 AF mode: MANUAL
White balance: AUTO
Lat: 33°51’16.512″N Long: 111°37’55.266″W Altitude: 666m
IMAGE 2 2012:03:17 06:56:31 28-70mm @ 60mm
1/3 sec, f/20 Mode: Av Metering: Multi-segment
ISO: 200 AF mode: MANUAL
Lat: 33°51’16.758″N Long: 111°37’54.858″W Altitude: 669m
Processing: Basic Lightroom processing. Most of the processing completed using NIK Software
in this order Define 2.0 ( remove any noise), Viveza 2.0, Color Efex Pro4 and Output Sharpener.
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IMAGE: Finding a good looking saguaro around this area is getting harder and harder. Perhaps the increasing pollution in the Valley of the Sun is having its effect.
These magnificent plants can take up to 70 years to develop a side arm. A saguaro without arms is called a spear. The growth rate of Saguaros here in the Phoenix area of Arizona is about half as fast as those in and around Tucson, Arizona. They can live up to150 years. The largest known saguaro is the Champion Saguaro. It grows close to here in the Phoenix area and is over 43 feet tall with a girth of 3.1 meters (10 ft.). These cacti can grow anywhere from 15 to 50 feet.
Saguaros bloom at night and peak usually in late May & June. The major pollinators are bats, Doves and bees appear to be the primary daytime pollinators. The fruits are highly edible and prized by local people.
I came upon this area and looked for a pleasing composition to tell the store of the beautiful Sonoran Desert The light was really perfect for about 10 or 15 minutes when the angle was still rather low. However as quick as the good light come in, it got very harsh just as quick.
TIP: Always walk around and look for the better spot to plant your tripod. These 2 images were made about 30 seconds apart and just a few feet from one another (see GPS DATA)
THE EDIT: WHICH ONE WORKS I chose image # 2
What BOTH images have in their favor:
1) Great “sweet” early morning light.
2) The desert vegetation is nice in both images.
3) The saguaros add to the image nicely in both images
4) Better than average sky ( the clouds add to the imagery)
IMAGE 1 over IMAGE 2
1) Better looking clouds
2) Better view of the little peak on the top of the hill on the left
3) There is bit more space between the top of the tall saguaro and the edge of the top of the image
IMAGE 2 over IMAGE 1
1) The foreground is definitely more interesting and really anchors the image
2) More colorful foreground (greens)
3) Better placement of the saguaros
4) More defined leading line on the left center drawing the eye up into the center of interest.
I cannot stress the importance of foregrounds when it comes to anchoring the image. The empty foreground with the sort of dead brush in image one does not compare to what is featured in image two. Always ask yourself, “What is the subject”? Here it’s the saguaros and the surrounding area. Think of those features like a soloist and the sky , foreground, leading line like the orchestra, making the soloist sound good.
By literally moving 3 meters to the right and turning a bit to the left I was able to include a wonderful foreground. Before planting your tripod, (do you use a tripod all the time? You should as much as possible.) walk around and see if the spot you committed yourself to is the right spot. It might not be. Image one would have been trashed, but by looking around I was able to make a good image as I did in Image 2
Make Sure you are in the Right Location