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The Rocks at Flat Rock Park

By ThomasVasasPhotography      
This photo was taken during the Fall at Flat Rock Park, located in Columbus, Georgia.

Tags: Landscape photography Parks Georgia Fall colours Landscape and travel Columbus Travel landscape

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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
31 Jan 2017 8:36AM
Welcome to Ephotozine, Thomas - and to the Critique Gallery in particular.

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This is a pleasant shot - I can definitely see why it's called Flat Rock Park. The sunshine's appealing (especially on a grey and wintry morning in England, where the sky is grey and unpromising for anything photographic!), and it's really what I call an 'empty stage' shot - everything is waiting for the actors to arrive, whether it's a party of schoolchildren, a herd of deer, or a group of walkers.

Technically, all the settings are fine, and they’ve produced a good result, with front-to-back sharpness and quite warm colour.

Compositionally, the shadow in the foreground closes the frame nicely, and I like the way the line of the flat rocks curves across the width of the picture to meet the foreground rock.

I would like to see more of that rock, though – it would be a satisfying main feature of the shot if we could see all of it, down to the ground. As it is, it’s peripheral, almost an intruder into the picture. And at the top of the frame, the tallest tree seems truncated by the edge of the picture. A wider view – stepping back a pace or two would allow both to be in the frame, though I realise that there may have been good reasons that you couldn’t do that…

In any case, this is very easy on the eye, and reminds me of a holiday several years ago, when my wife and I visited friends living near Atlanta, and experienced what – for us – was bakingly hot weather. Thanks for reminding me!
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2017 8:46AM
It is a reasonably pleasant scene, but to someone who does not know the location, it lacks any real impact or interest. It needs a subject for the scene to then act as a foil to. The subject, for me, would need to be more than a rock. Not that many interesting rocks about. A shot that needs a person or people suitably placed to enhance composition. Left bottom third perhaps.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2017 9:38AM
A warm welcome from me too. I hope you will enjoy the site.

It's actually quite a difficult subject to convey, a hole in the ground rather than a rock formation rising up. You quite possibly got the best possible angle - here we have the flat grass and the large foreground right boulder, to balance the dip.

The problem for me basically boils down to the time of day this was taken - sun quite high in the sky, no long shadows to throw up the contours.

The contrast is better on the right side of the frame, I suspect that a crop from that side would be stronger. Less general information, more character and impact. Then skewing bottom left down a bit would enhance the diagonal in the foreground. Will give it a go. I'd also do a bit of very gentle burning on the foreground grass to bring it forward. That adds to the sense of distance in the background.

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
31 Jan 2017 11:06AM
Welcome from me too.

I'd like to see the complete boulder in the foreground too, or alternatively more forward and to the left a bit to make more of that interesting scooped out looking grey rock.
The left hand fifth of the image is much less attractive compared to the rocks and trees in the rest of the picture so I'd move the camera round a bit too. Lots of colour and texture to explore.
Winter light is great (the exif says you took this in December) but even so it can still look flat. My suggestion above may have resulted in more of a sidelit angle perhaps. Other than that maybe ab hour or two earlier or later could have worked very well. That's if you had the luxury of time of course, and we don't always have that.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
31 Jan 2017 11:20AM
I appear to have been thinking along the same lines as Moira, though my mod is different.
I selected part of the foreground and middle distance, then enlarged that to give the impression of a different viewpoint.

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