To this day, I still go back-and-forth with this photograph. There’s so much I like about it, but I can’t seem to get myself to settle.
nearing the end of our beautiful photographic morning at Grand Prismatic Spring, I start to look for more abstracted and minimal compositions. I wandered around the walkway, trying hard to not look for compositions, and let them find me. This is a practice i lacked early in the road trip and led to many failed photographs. When it comes to traditional landscape photography, it’s best to let the composition find you, rather than the other way around. If you’re looking for something, chances are you’re looking for an idea that will finish fast with a viewer and will call into the cliche category of traditional landscape. Another photo on the never-ending grid of landscapes on Instagram.
This photograph did find me, but I didn’t do it justice. To focus on the positives, I do enjoy the foreground interest of the water flowing over the ground, the tonal quality of the entire image, how the fog seems to never end. The two lonely trees far in the distance on the horizon came to me long after the road trip while I was processing the image. I really did love this image.
But the one thing that bothers me is something I could have fixed in the field. I didn’t have any excuse. i had time to consider everything about the image, but i neglected to consider taking time with balancing the image. The balance is far off, being very left-heavy. The trees aren’t even in the middle — granted, I didn’t even see the trees until after the road trip, but had I taken my time, i would have noticed them.
The one thing I got form this failed image is that when I have time to consider everything about an image, I should take advantage of that. I had no excuse to not take my time, and my neglect led to a sadly failed image.