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Prarie Desert

By Green_slash
Taken at the Spirit sands in Manitoba, Canada. The largest sand dunes in the province.

Tags: Desert Canada Praries Landscape and travel Manitoba Spirit sands Spruce woods

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ronss 16 1.2k Canada
7 Dec 2006 4:34AM
I like the texture of the sand

I don't have one myself, but lots of EPZ-ers use split gradient ND filters - that might have helped the sky.

Nice light on the grass.
joolsb 17 27.1k 38 Switzerland
7 Dec 2006 8:49AM
Excellent point from Ron about the use of a graduated ND filter. Used properly, this would certainly have helped retain colour in the sky. However, this picture has a few other problems...

First the good stuff: you've picked a time of day when shadows are long, helping to highlight texture and form. This is the perfect light for dunes!

But, and it's a big but, the image is let down by a composition that has no single point of interest and is, well, a bit bland to be honest.

One approach is to go in close and focus on the ripples in the sand, perhaps with one or two clumps of grass to use as a focal point. Or you could point the camera downwards, leaving the sky out of the frame, and concentrate on the play of light and shade.

One thing I always try to do when I approach a landscape shot is to recce the area first, looking for good angles and using my fingers to frame possible shots. Only when I have a feel for the sort of shots I want to take do I set up my tripod in a likely-looking spot. When I do this, I often find myself rejecting my initial ideas for better compositions which only appear as I move around the subject.
Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
8 Dec 2006 12:07AM
I agree totally with Jools here (as usual Wink ). there are bound to be some better compositional opportunities within a few yards of this. You have to be prepared to get down on your knees as required though (being careful about cameras and sand though..) but not just stand and point at the most obvious thing.

By the way, welcome to EPZ, don't let me and Jools put you off stick around, keep the uploads coming, you'll learn a lot and enjoy yourself at the same time Smile

8 Dec 2006 2:06AM
Yes, thank you for the criticism. This is the first photo I've edited from it's original state as I don't really believe in the editing of photos to fix them up into something there not. Especialy with colors, I tried with this one to get the sand to come out a lot more then the original, but thank you again for the critisism and welcome Smile.

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