Torres del Paine Massif
by: © Henry Weinstein (10y expr.)
Henry, I think this is a powerful and beautiful image. My only issue is the cropping of the foreground. However creative minds can differ and you may not agree with my comments. Nonetheless, below are some things that you may with to consider in regards to your wonderful photo.
The image is visually beautiful and I think the Torres del Paine Massif one of the most intriguing ranges in the world.
Henry, I appreciate that you were attempting to capture the range so that it appeared in all its grandeur and but I think the foreshortening of the foreground in this case feels rather awkward as if the image is sinking down and possibly off the bottom frame of the image. I think the placement of the mountain is fine as it is after all the main subject here, but I think that because the foreground is truncated at a point, appearing to be, midway through the foreground hills body then the eye and the brain want to see the rest of the anchoring foreground. cropping there I think is like cutting or cropping an image of a person at the ankles, wrists, knees etc it simply feels wrong. Also I think that the cropping of the foreground, though it allows you to fill the frame with mountain, in some regards removes the reference points for scale and the mountains heft is diminished by the fact that there are no cohesive visual reference points to establish its relative size.
This image's strong suit is its colors and lighting. I love the deep morning long light as it renders the rocks and mountain face a rich golden hue, and provides nice shadows for depth and contrast. I think because of the morning light there is a reddish orange cast throughout that is most evident in the clouds. This is not an issue exactly, particularly if you like the mood that the cast creates.
Great from what I can tell.
Most of landscape photography is taken with wide angle lenses, filling the frame with foreground and making mountains seem small in the background. I took the photo with see all >
Most of landscape photography is taken with wide angle lenses, filling the frame with foreground and making mountains seem small in the background. I took the photo with a 24-70 at 70mm, moving away to fit everything in the zoom, so that the massif stand out for itself, filling the complete picture. The picture was taken with morning light to have some moodiness and warm light into it.
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal length
Date and time: 30 Nov -0001 00:00
Original size: 4928px X 2319px
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I understand what you were doing in cropping the foreground, but as I mentioned above I think it creates some dissonance to the viewers eye, not much, but enough to notice I think. I think you could have accomplished the same thing by including just a little more of the foreground which would provide a bit more front margin and thus a more comfortable anchor for the mountain. Also moving laterally might have provided you with a less formidable foreground, ie. . more water, or a shallower hillock to include.
Consider using the auto color and/or auto tone adjustments in Photoshop CC 2017 to adjust some of the orange hues from the image and create some more clarity overall (although it is very crisp now).
Since your idea was to fill the frame and create the impression of the mass and scale of the mountain, consider moving your point of view further away and then using a more powerful telephoto lens like a 70/200 or greater zoom to stack the perspective. Your lens of choice here was the 24/70 at 70mm which, on your FX sensor, is pretty much a standard lens for all intents and purposes.
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