I was going through some older photo shoots this week and came across a series of them I did in and around Whistler, British Columbia. From those captures I have attached a series of them around a zip line we did with our youngest daughter. I love zip lining and have done it a few times around the country. In this case it felt like we were in an old Star Wars movie getting to the zip line. The reference is these walkways we had to take to the launching “tree houses” (if you get the reference after seeing the pictures, great …if not, sorry). The shots don’t do justice to just how far off the forest floor you are walking. You get a slightly better perspective of how far up you are with the last two shots of the actual zip line. The zip line was strung over a mountain river and went back and forth zig zagging down stream. We would zip line from one “tree house”… cross the river, get off the line and zig zag further downstream on the next zip line.
The next set of pictures gives you a better idea of what the lines looked like as they zig zagged downstream back and forth across the rover.
This shows my wife on one of the runs to the next “tree house”.
This one shows our daughter and gives you a better adea how far up in the trees the “tree houses” are. The scenery was stunning and the experience was exhilarating.
From a photo shoot, I will take numerous shots of the same subject to make sure I have covered all angles and captured what I am visualizing in my mind. Once you look at your results, the next step is narrowing it down to the final print. I talked about this last week and wanted to give additional examples this week.
I have attached 4 photographs of a waterfall in the Cascade Mountains near North Bend, Washington.
The setting is incredible and the beauty of the area tells it’s own story. I am trying to capture the upper and the lower falls together. This shot just didn’t grab me.
Almost the same, just slightly different…still not quite what I was visualizing. Recognizing that from my angle, I wasn’t gong to get a shot that included both levels of the falls in the manner I was looking for. Once I realized that, I focused on the lower waterfall.
This is the type of framing I was looking for and really like the presentation. No cropping was required and no adjustments to color, etc.
Waterfall 4 looks identical to 3. Looking back and forth, I started thinking they were so identical it didn’t matter. Both framed the power of the water in a manner that I was looking for. The beauty of the setting was front and center and told a story. How did I decide which one? It’s all in the details…snapped just seconds apart, look at the mist in the upper pool on both. In 4 it is slightly higher than in 3 creating just a tad more of an important element. Here’s the interesting part; I had not studied them in that detail. I kept looking back and forth and my instinct told me 4 was a just a little more interesting. Then I went into the detail to determine why. I’m a firm believer in following my instinct, but I also want to know the why behind it to help me grow as a photographer. Waterfall 4 is now an art print in my Color Photography Collection and I have used it as a background with one of my Inspiration Prints.
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“The Tree By The River” is one of the new additions to my Landscape Watercolor Gallery. From one of my many hiking ventures last year in the Pacific Northwest, I was inspired by the view through this moss covered tree. It was one of those moments when you are deep in the forest and you come around a bend and through the trees you catch a glimpse of a mountain river. I love the sound of the water going over, under and around the many boulders in the river bed. For this art print, I used a subtle and soft watercolor technique. So subtle in fact you have to stop and look, is this a photo or a painting. I wanted to keep the detail of the scene, but wanted to soften it up slightly. The tree stands as a focus in the foreground with the river in the background taking your eye from the moss covered trunk to the water and the surrounding forest.