As the boys and I hiked around the circumference of Bear lake, I came across a couple more ideas. We stopped our hike at the opposite end of the lake from the trail mouth. I dropped my phone in the snow, and then found a pair of sunglasses (truly an act of God, because I didn’t have a pair to bring with me for the whole trip). I lost those sunglasses a few months later.
The sky was getting darker by the minute, turning from blue to indigo. The spot that we stopped was where this image was made. The boys wanted to go back to the car and back to camp, but I was already set up to make this image. They watched me and asked me about my idea and I described what I was doing, which was originally a focus-stack. The focus stack idea ended up being unnecessary.
The exposure came out to 5 seconds at f/11 and ISO100. The snow came out crisp, and the trees were still. So, why did this image not make the cut?
It’s boring to me. It’s another one of those “eye candy” images. It utilizes many typical aspects of landscape photography. Anyone that knows me knows very well that I prefer long-lens landscape photography, and this was done using my 16-35 lens at 16mm. I just don’t really like the way wide lenses affect the images in landscape.
This image actually was incredibly close to making the final cut. But this is just one of those images that’s of muted green pine trees, soft blue water and sky, and dirty snow. It’s uninteresting to me, and though it’s still a nice image, I firmly believe it’s not one that represents me as an artist. When I make an image, I don’t think about how it will perform on Instagram, I think about how it represents me as an artist with a camera.
A less prominent problem with this image is that the trees are cut off on the top right corner of the image. Even the un-cropped image still didn’t have enough to make it better. I couldn’t crop in from the right side without ruining the balance of the image.
The lesson I learned:
Whenever you set your tripod down, make sure that the image you’re making represents you. You still might come back later and find it doesn’t, but you still have the image for your archive. You never lose anything when you make an image that ends up not being one for your portfolio. It’s always worth making the image.
At the end of the day, I still enjoyed making this image.