30 October 2011

Studying Contrast

Two Trees at Sunset, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, Oct. 2011
I'm in the middle of bedtime madness with the kids, but I just had to post one of my favorite shots from today's trek to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. I might finally be getting the hang of landscapes... maybe because I've given up trying to follow The Rules and just shoot what I like. As I began working with and cropping this image, I realized that it really needed to stay near-centered, which breaks the sacred Rule of Thirds, because... well, it's about two trees, it's about contrast, and to me this is what the picture needs to look like. I'm pretty sure I'll look at it five years hence and see how I could have done it "better," but today, yeah, it's one of my favorites. The color in the Bosque right now is stunning, and while the Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese have returned for the winter, the crickets and cicadas and other "singing" bugs are still there to amp up the auditory experience.

2 comments:

Nadege, said...

I love the lighting on the tree, a gorgeous play on the leaves.
Sometimes rules need to be broken.

frishmanphoto said...

This is a great shot, Anna, and a perfect time to break the rule of thirds. Very well seen, good light, and an image with some strong symbolism too! Could have done better? I could maybe see giving the trees a little more breathing room via more negative space at the edge of the frame; but maybe not. Seems like you nailed this one to me.