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Eastern Sierra Autumn (2)

Eastern Sierra Autumn (2)
Copyright ©2005, Mark Johnson ¤ $

I had just finished shooting some shots of the lake (Grant Lake) and creek (Rush Creek) below ... to the left of the image ... and as i came up out of the trees the road and the trees just seemed to be lit perfectly. So i had to take a few shots.

The road was actually quite busy and i had quite a few shots of both cars coming down the road and blurred motion as i picked up my tripod to quickly pull it out of the oncoming cars.

Should I have straddled the middle line when taking this shot? I kind of wondered that after seeing the result. I think the chicken in me kept me from moving that far out.

Photographer: Mark Johnson ¤ $
Folder: Oly E300 images
Uploaded: 2005-Oct-19 09:54 EDT
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Camera: Olympus E-300
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: F11
Shutter Speed: 1/20s
Focal Length: 25mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: Yes
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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I see your point about choosing your composition. I shouldn't just be running around ... oh that looks neat lets take that or that looks neat. I need to question why I am taking the picture and what I am trying to convey. What composition will best do that etc.

Thanks John. Still a novice at all this an learning a ton with every comment people give.

Mark Johnson ¤ $ at 14:52 EDT on 2005-Oct-19 [Reply]


this scene presents a tough challenge for the 'right' exposure; you did well by balancing the bright yellow from the shadows; I , like John, seldom shoot roads unless it's a dirt road, there's something too artificial to them; cheers ;-))

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 20:40 EDT on 2005-Oct-19 [Reply]

Roads, and the jouneys we take,...

are a fact of life, and I, for one, don't mind them. I rather like the way the yellow line mimics the color seen in the trees, but I do find the image slightly static without the presence of a vehicle. After all, roads are for cars, trucks, and buses and their being on the road doesn't subtract from the image, but, IMO, add to the photo. These types of images are often sought by travel agencies, vacation guides, etc. Know why you're taking the photo and who your intended audience is.

Blayne Gervais Win ¤ $1 at 00:03 EDT on 2005-Oct-20 [Reply]

Great colors,

Mark, kudos to you for being open to taking more images when you thought you were done for a stretch...:O) Not sure the middle of the road would have been so attractive going right down the middle.

Good point, Blayne, about knowing your audience--I find myself sometimes in the subconscious habit of taking my image for MFT or 'contest' sites instead of a client or other possible market...thanks for that little gem of advice...:o)

Monica Cowles HoF ¤ $ $1 at 12:43 EDT on 2005-Oct-20 [Reply]