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Clearing Sky, Yosemite

By smartbox
This capture was taken at the Wawona Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park after an early morning light dusting of snow.

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel

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Oliverpants 7 2 2 England
19 Apr 2009 6:44PM
Fabulous shot, I love the sky. Loads of definition between the whites and blacks. Great focus Mono. Ann

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phil'em 14 3 1 Christmas Island
19 Apr 2009 7:06PM
Very much in the classic mode of Ansel Adams, this is a fantastic shot, well done.
JohnParminter 9 1.3k 14 England
19 Apr 2009 9:50PM
Certainly a sense of scale and space and the technique is very well done with fine exposure but I feel the composition is a little weak with the main interest points being the mountains to the left and right leaving a rather large gap centre that my eye doesn't settle on, instead it wanders between the two points.

John
Woooooooooow!!!!! Great!!! New Ansel Adams!!! I really really like it! Cheers.
CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2009 11:28AM
A warm welcome to EPZ, BJ.

As soon as I saw your pic I thought Ansel Adams too! The b and w format is excellent with a good balance between the whites and the blacks. Lovely composition too and beautifully sharp.

Hope to see more of your work in the future.

Regards

Catherine
alansnap Plus
12 577 26 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2009 7:53PM
What a lovely shot. This is of course the famous view, but who cares, the light is wonderful and clouds and snow lift the whole thing. well done,
Alan
smartbox 7 1 2 United States
21 Apr 2009 6:08AM
Thank you all for taking the time to comment on this capture. Ansel Adams was a true master in the realm of b and w photography. I am honored at the mere mention of his name.

Photography is a relativity new endeavor for me. I am just having a blast exploring the creative and artistic possibilities of photography.

Thanks again.
smartbox 7 1 2 United States
21 Apr 2009 6:46AM

Quote:Certainly a sense of scale and space and the technique is very well done with fine exposure but I feel the composition is a little weak with the main interest points being the mountains to the left and right leaving a rather large gap centre that my eye doesn't settle on, instead it wanders between the two points.

John



Thanks for the comment John.

To be honest I am not totally seeing what you are seeing with regard to issues with composition in the center of the photograph. I have yet to develop the sophistication of your photographic eye. I am still pretty new at this game. I am here to learn, so I would be grateful for your insight, suggestion or anything else you may feel inclined to add.

I can tell you what I see as best as I can explain. My eye is first lead to the relationship of the light and rock next to the waterfall on the right side of the mountain. My eye then catches the relationship between the clouds and El Capitan on the left side of the capture. The mountains then funnel my eye into the center of the capture toward Half Dome and the small peak to the left. Lastly, I am lead upwards were I take in the different tones of black and white of the sky and clouds.

BJ
JohnParminter 9 1.3k 14 England
21 Apr 2009 11:55AM
Hi BJ, I have anything but a sophisticated eye....Smile

Your interpretation of the composition is interesting as mine is kind of the opposite to yours, there is no right and wrongs just preferences and don't get me wrong, I like the picture very much as mountains are my first passion.

To expand a wee bit on my interpretation though, I actually missed the waterfall even though I looked at the image a few times. Firstly my eye was drawn to the large mtn on the left then I was drawn to the mtn on the right and after a few to and throws settled on the equisite sky so I basically missed out all the bottom third. There was not really anything to anchor the bottom third and lead me up and through the image.

It's not really any surprise though that I could have a different interpretation, as you took the picture and was there and knew what you wanted to include in the frame.

john
smartbox 7 1 2 United States
22 Apr 2009 1:56AM

Quote:Hi BJ, I have anything but a sophisticated eye....

Your interpretation of the composition is interesting as mine is kind of the opposite to yours, there is no right and wrongs just preferences and don't get me wrong, I like the picture very much as mountains are my first passion.

To expand a wee bit on my interpretation though, I actually missed the waterfall even though I looked at the image a few times. Firstly my eye was drawn to the large mtn on the left then I was drawn to the mtn on the right and after a few to and throws settled on the equisite sky so I basically missed out all the bottom third. There was not really anything to anchor the bottom third and lead me up and through the image.

It's not really any surprise though that I could have a different interpretation, as you took the picture and was there and knew what you wanted to include in the frame.

john



Thanks John,

Your comments and insight have been very helpful.

BJ
28 Apr 2009 2:00AM
I agree with CathR, Ansel Adams came into my mind when I saw this pic. I love this B and W tone, I could almost smelt the fragrance of the forest and the coldness of the snow.
tboner 7 United States
1 May 2009 2:51AM
Another Ansel Adams style black and white. Superb!
1 May 2009 2:54AM
Corking B/W - full of atmosphere. The contrast increases the whole scale of the image for me giving the mountains greater presence. Chaz.

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