Winter Mist Rising Beneath Half Dome: Alternate Compositions

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  1. [...] views that he tried. There isn’t space to show those other compositions on this page, but you can see them here. Vaibhav said he liked the one at the top of this post best. I think a case can be made for the [...]

  2. Gay Abarbanell says:

    I had the same reaction as you shared in Photo Critique Series: Visual Flow in a Photograph of Half Dome. Namely, too much going on. And the square crop you made was what I had thought to do before I looked at yours.
    Thanks for this great sharing.

  3. Carol S says:

    I like the last alternate composition best (even though it does not include the interesting brown grass mounds). Maybe it’s because the slightly askew but very strong angle of the horizon line is de-emphasized somewhat. My first reaction to the original was actually “why is that horizon so crooked?” but I realize also that this is how it is in reality. Still, my eye tends to wander down the line and out of the frame. Emphasizing the beautifully soft tree and Half Dome works very well. I would have perhaps cropped off just a little bit of the sky at top though.

    • Michael Frye says:

      Carol, that tight composition does have its virtues. It’s the simplest for one thing. I agree about cropping more off the top, and maybe a bit off the bottom as well. To me thought that version doesn’t have the same quality of light as the others. Maybe the light had changed, or maybe it’s just overexposed a bit and could be darkened.

  4. jj raia says:

    Even though the image has a lot of mood, I think a greater opportunity was missed here in that the reflection could have played a more important part within the image by maneuvering into the right position and getting low enough; but the photographer may have needed to slog into the water in order to do that and sometimes it’s more important to stay dry. The second from the top here seems to have the most mystery conveyed through the mist wafting through the pines and had there been a definitive reflection in the water, it would have really added a vital element to really make the image sing.

    • Michael Frye says:

      Thanks for your comments JJ. The second image here has the most mist. In my experience with situations like this mist will come and go. One of the problems with trying different compositions in these situations is that the best mist and the best composition probably won’t coincide. My strategy would be to find the best composition I could and then wait until the mist cooperated.

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