• Possible crop - Sean tS
  • After some consideration, I've selected what is quite a daring crop. You may not like it, but with the punchy foreground, I felt something suitably cinematic may work. The only pity is I've lost much of the sky. - ciao_chao

Storm on Monument valley

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july 2012

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  1. Sean tS 59 months ago | reply

    I'm not a professional by any means, so take what I have to say with that in mind. My opinion is only based on what I see as the average viewer. First off I love the overall feel, the clouds add quite a bit of drama. Though with the open expanse of a desert, this image feels blocked in, I believe it may be the slope from the plateau on the far left, and the castle on the far right being cut off. I would almost crop the image in a little bit, and give it a more panoramic feel. Open it up by cropping out either the slope on the left, or the castle on the right, or both. But again, not a professional, so feel free to ignore my comments.

    From the Self-Taught critique thread.

  2. d90owner 59 months ago | reply

    From the STP Critique thread:
    I don't think black and white does the scene any justice. and the b/w is a bit flat. You should be able to get great colours from the rock formations and darkness and drama in the clouds. It's a pity you couldn't position yourself to get the road to lead through the photo, but maybe it's not possible.

  3. clios66 59 months ago | reply

    Sean Smith Thanks, I will try that and let you know...
    Phil You are probably right about BW. I loved the colored version of it but I wanted to give it a try in BW. I'll post the color version soon.
    Thanks for the visit and advice.

  4. ciao_chao 59 months ago | reply

    If you want the BW version to work better, you need to drag a strong ND over the top part of the sky (can be done in Photoshop/Lightroom/whatever you use). You'll also want to pump up both the contrast and the clarity (a function you have in Adobe Camera RAW, which adjusts local contrast). On the whole just give this image punch.

    Compositionally, you can always crop. For those who enjoy our photos in print, this may be an issue (unless you are shooting medium format/D800 levels of resolution), but for the web you've pretty much got carte blanche with what you can do. I've also recommended a crop.

    From the Self Taught Photographers August Critique Thread

  5. 54StorminWillyGJ54 59 months ago | reply

    Great image! :) Well done.

  6. clios66 59 months ago | reply

    thanks for all your comments, much appreciated!

  7. clios66 59 months ago | reply

    I posted the colored version with the crop that seems to work for me after reading your advices. I couldn't finally crop those clouds out.

  8. Digisnapper (George) 59 months ago | reply

    I really like your take on this image - very moody and atmospheric. Well done! Your proposed cinematic crop would add even more impact. I used a similar crop in this colour shot.
    www.flickr.com/photos/81445942@N05/7471482604/in/set-7215....

  9. loominpapa 58 months ago | reply

    I agree with cropping out the stack on the right edge. It seems as if the image could benefit from a slightly longer focus too, even though it is at f22.

    From the Self Taught Photographers August Critique Thread

  10. clios66 58 months ago | reply

    Thanks for your visit and comment. I have uploaded the colored version with another crop.

  11. ~Jo Lynn [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

    Outstanding shot.

  12. Partha pratim Neog 58 months ago | reply

    I Think you should have gone with the Rule of Thirds ...
    if you don't know it ..

    please visit this link and check it out in wikipedia, hope this helps .. :)
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds

  13. Gichu Tom [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

    beautiful capture...

  14. Instagram: ELEVATEDIMAGERY 58 months ago | reply

    great shot. I am not sure I am a fan of the horizon line being so much in the middle of the frame. I think with the horizon line being a bit lower in the frame there would be less foreground in the and more attention will be drawn to the rock formations and dramatic sky. possibly crop right below the road. once again awesome shot!

  15. clios66 58 months ago | reply

    Thanks everyone.

  16. clios66 58 months ago | reply

    Joey Belloise Thanks for your visit and advice, I have posted an alternative crop on a colored version of this picture, based on the same advice by other flickr members :-)

  17. Christian Hacker 58 months ago | reply

    Fantastic landscape!

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