Grand Teton Fog
by: © Jeff Cullman (2y expr.)
8
Overall
Rating
7
General
impression
8
Subject
of photo
7
Composition
& Perspective
7
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
10
Depth
of field
7
Color &
Lighting
10
Focus
General
impression
Jeff, I think this is a good image. It is a bit flat and lusterless however, but the data, at least in the full resolution version, is probably all there. Here are some ideas for you to consider when shooting a scene like this, and in perhaps bringing out some of its inherent and dormant qualities in post processing.
7/10
Subject
of photo
dramatic skies, water and mountains are usually a good bet for a landscape and nature study. I think this image has some possibilities.
8/10
Composition
& perspective
The composition is pretty straightforwared and flat with few leading lines into the image. The foreground, water, mountains and clouds are layered evenly and that gives the image a flatter less deep look. It is good that you put more mountain and cloud space in the frame than foreground and water as that is where the interesting form and lighting is. Though there are no leading lines into the image, the dark and light areas of the clouds against the mountains do provide a bit of a hint as to the depth and scale of the image, as does the driftwood in the foreground. I think the placement of the wood is pretty good as it is not centered and does reside in the lower third of the image. I do think that there are some things you can consider next time when composing this image.
7/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
I see you used a spot metering mode. I think that it was center oriented spot and probably took a reading off the mountain mid tones which lightened up and flattened the image tonality quite a bit. I think you may have wanted to meter on the lighter cloud areas to bring some contrast to the image. Otherwise the settings look okay to me.
7/10
Depth
of field
The DOF here looks deep as I would expect a landscape of this sort to be.
10/10
Color &
Lighting
As I mentioned above the lighting is very flat and unremarkable. The clouds provide a lot of interesting and dynamic energy if they were to have more clarity and contrast, as well as the rest of the scene. The colors are a bit muted as well, but not unusual considering the grayness of the day and the cloud cover.
7/10
Focus
Looks good to me.
10/10
Description
The primitive beauty of the Grand Teton Mountains on a foggy day. The shore line simply added a little color and and balance in my mind.
Technical Details

NIKON D7000

Lens: 55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Exposure time: 1/640 sec ,Auto ,Auto
F-stop: F13
ISO: 320
Focal length: 55.0 mm
White balance: Manual
Exposure program: Program AE
Metering mode: Spot
Date and time: 11 Jul 2016 13:45
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Original size: 3696px X 2448px
Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (Windows)
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Don Mace
20+ Years
United States
Nature
341 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
Consider moving your point of view laterally to see if you can catch some different leading lines into the image and increase the apparent depth of your photo. Sometimes its impossible to do this due to the environmental limitations or hazards, but if possible lower your viewpoint, move laterally, put other object in the foreground in various relative positions to you and the scene itself to see which ones work best. .intuitively.
2.
A small thing, but you can easily straighten this image using the waterline in the distance. As it is now, there is a slight declination in angle from left to right that is very small, but noticeable.
3.
I believe that by simply adjusting the levels of this image and increasing the clarity and tones of this (the mid range tones particularly), you can add a tremendous amount of vitality to this image. Experiment around with the full resolution image using camera raw (yes you can use the raw program with a jpeg too) to adjust the highlights, shadows, blacks and whites and even the clarity to make the image pop more. You can also boost the vibrance and saturation some to make the image pop some more too. You may wish to create another layer to do these things on so you can use the transparency sliders of the layer to adjust the impact of your changes at will. Consider also using a dodge and burn layer to selectively highlight some of the water, mountain and cloud highlights and burn some of the shadows. . slightly in both cases. .
4.
Also consider cropping this image in portrait to see how you like that composition. You may not like it but its always a good thing to try out with your images now and then.
5.
If you're going to spot meter make sure, in a lighting condition such as this, that you meter on a lower highlight area rather than a mid tone or shadow area, to ensure that you don't over expose the image or flatten it too much. Otherwise in a flatter scene like this try doing a center weighted exposure mode.
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