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Surrounding landscape at Willow Lake in Prescott AZ

By makeupmagic    
Huge boulders along the shore line of Willow lake. I love photographing boulders and rocks which are plentiful in the Rocky Mountain state. Smile The locals call this area the Dells and Prescott is quite famous because of this area. Supposedly, it is private land and has been purchased by someone from another country that has never even been there and intends to build a huge resort. I hope not!!!!

Tags: Landscape and travel Willow Lake Boulders in Prescott


dudler Plus
16 995 1552 England
14 Aug 2019 7:33AM
There's still a degree of softness here. If it was my camera and lens, I'd be getting a little bit paranoid if I couldn't find out why it isn't shooting pin-sharp images.

Have you done any controlled testswith the lens, shooting a non-pictorial view (a brick wall is good, as there's lots of detail) and checking the focus mechanism?

One simple test in the field is to see whether you hear and see a change in focus if you aim for your feet, then aim ofr the horizon. If there's no AF sound, and no change in the viewfinder, it's time to sit down and check everything.

It's also worth asking if hte lens has ever suffered a drop onto a hard surface - usually, they survive, but sometimes things can get knocked out of alignment...

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annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Germany
14 Aug 2019 7:47AM
May I ask if the lens feels loose between the main barrel and the front? the soft foreground lets me think that.
Mine did that, so I focussed it manually for a while.
after I heard the repair was about 500 USD which is more than half of my monthly income I took it apart and made a fine sleeve out of an old aluminum airspring base. That is no super precision work as you only take the two main past apart. The bit on the lathe took me an hour and a beer to the owner.

To the picture..
I am not really sure about your point of view. I miss leading lines ( I know this is difficult in a maze of mixed boulders) and I think I rather would have had no mountain range in the back or more of it, which you could achieve standing on top of something .
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2115 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2019 7:53AM
Can I suggest that you also consider composition, what you are trying to convey and how you set about it?

Something to think about seriously next time you are out and about: There is a world of difference between being there, experiencing a view 'in the round', 360 degrees, feeling the breeze on your face, seeing clouds move, light dancing on rock; and viewing a small 2-D rectangle on a flat screen. Composition is about taking the viewer there, and that's down to how you arrange lines within a rectangle. What's in the frame matters, nothing outside it does. Make sure that what's in the frame is arranged to best effect.

Here you have three strong elements, the skeleton tree on the left, the boulder to its right and the foreground rocks, but they seem to be just randomly placed. Move around a bit, get down lower, make one of those the point of interest with the others for balance.

I've uploaded a modification, I cropped to place the tree to the left as a framing device and the two areas of boulders to the right to balance it. I also cheated a bit with Free transform. But I would still prefer one of those elements to dominate. That then gives us a starting point and a point to return to after exploring the frame.

One problem is that here the eye needs to explore upwards, but a landscape frame draws the eye horizontally. Landscape format needs to come to a really satisfying full stop on the right, whereas this ends inconsequentially.

A square crop allows the eye freedom to roam. But a portrait format frame draws the eye upwards, through the rocks and vegetation towards the horizon, and that's what I am going to explore now.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2115 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2019 8:16AM
Portrait crop uploaded now. If you look you will see that it creates a zig-zag of lines upwards from the foreground to the horizon, that gives a tighter structure. The zig-zag is there in the full frame but it's lost amongst all the other bits and pieces. It's that sense of structure that you need to look for.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4067 Canada
14 Aug 2019 1:30PM
Ive uploaded a mod to show the issue we are seeing. It should explain it quite easily.

It seems to suggest you lens is having a problem; or you focused way off; or the lens needs an Auto Exposure Micro adjustment.

If you have other lenses, take a shot of this same plae and upload it here for comparison and we can have more information to determine the issues.


I will check all this weekend, especially the lens issue.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 607 England
14 Aug 2019 8:24PM
I lioke the use of the foreground rocks, but ultimately there'e nothing to hold the attention for long. Moira's crop does address the problem.

It's a great looking location but you need to seek out a focal point as welll as have foreground interest. That tree in the middle distance is a good example. It may be as simple as moving a few metres one way or another in order to get the different elements of the scene lined up. That's quite common for landscape photography, even the greatest locations need to have some footwork effort.

As to the sharpness issue, it looks like focus error. Possibly you just touched the shutter release and the camera adjusted focus. The centre of the image is in the middle distanmce where the sharpness is coming in. Add that to a medium aperture the foreground would be less than sharp. It jhappens, I know from eperience. I do check on the screen, zooming in a lot and reshoot if necessary.
So I'd focus a little closer here and use f/11 here in order to get more overall sharpness from greater depth of field.
I hope that's all the problem is and nothing physically wrong with the lens - it's easier to adjust technique than to have a repair.
dudler Plus
16 995 1552 England
16 Aug 2019 7:32AM
DiY work on a lens makes things suspect, I think. I am surprised that repair would cost as much as $500 - in Britain, there are smaller local repairers who charge far less than the importers do, and are reliable. If the work has altered the distance between parts of the lens, even very slightly, that could cause real issues with sharpness. It won't always, but it can...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1287 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 7:54PM
My totally wrecked Fuji 18-55 cost 80 including postage from Fuji themselves so I would shop around.

Too many rocks for me ere, without any compositional arrangement leading to confusion.


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