The final image from the first day of the road trip.
After photographing the image of the trees, snowed path, and the frozen lake, we started to head back. The end of golden hour had come, but the mountains in the distance were still catching a hint of color. I told the boys I’d catch up and grab this image really quick. Alex, one of the other more experienced landscape photographers, also hopped down on the small ledge I was on to make a photo as well.
I already had the 16-35 on my camera, and I’m one of those madmen that carries his tripod around with the camera still attached to it. There was maybe five minutes until the last light on the mountains was going to disappear, so I knew I needed to act fast.
I set the horizon on the top third of the grid on my screen, adjusted my shutter speed to 25 seconds, and tested my polarizer. I ended up not using the polarizer, since the water reflection would have been removed. I focused on the distant mountains, and clicked the shutter. I made a couple after that, but the first one was the one that kept the color the best.
Similar to Thursday’s post, why did this one not make the cut?
It’s actually an almost identical situation, but with minor differences.
I noticed it feels a little right-heavy. The empty sky on the top and in the reflection allows for a lot of pleasing negative space, however, it also affects the balance of the image. It ends up being another “eye candy” photograph. The trees in the middle beautifully “present” the mountains in the distance, and the ice beautifully vignettes the melted portion of the lake. But at the end of the day, the composition was so close, but this just wasn’t it.
The lesson I learned:
Always pay attention to balance. No matter how beautiful the scene may be, a poor composition can break an image.
This image could have made it into my portfolio. But after realizing the lackluster composition, I felt it wasn’t meant to be.