Category Archives: Landscape

Photo of the Week – Kim Hadley

Photography as Art

Kim Hadley-Juniper in Bootlegger Canyon

Kim Hadley-Juniper in Bootlegger Canyon

Kim recently returned from a photographer’s paradise, the area surrounding Moab, Utah where millions of images are captured by hiking visitors each year. The opportunities are everywhere and therein lies the challenge: capturing something unique and truly outstanding. Kim has here answered the challenge. This scene was photographed in Bootlegger Canyon en route to Corona Arch. She says, “The entire trip I was fascinated by the designs in the sandstone, particularly the striations of lines and swirls. In this shot the twisted trunk in the juniper seemed to mimic and almost merge with those in the slickrock.” One could write extensively on why this image is so powerful but an alternative is to let each viewer study the image and come to their own mental conclusions. Or better yet, post his/her thoughts as a comment to share with others. You’re encouraged to do this as an exercise to help understand what constitutes good photography and then apply the same principles to your own work.
The facts:
Canon EOS 50D
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
1/320 sec @ f11
May 9, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

Best From the Profile Trail? – Jay Wild

A Quintessential Mountain Stream

Green Ridge Branch - Jay Wild

Green Ridge Branch – Jay Wild

On April 21, a few members braved the chilly weather and overcast skies to visit The Profile Trail on the western side of Grandfather Mountain. The focus was to be wildflowers but Jay captured a winner with this lovely image of the rocks and flowing waters of Green Ridge Branch. Each year thousands visit the more majestic, named waterfalls but these mini-falls when viewed up close may be even more rewarding with their gentle sounds and tranquil meanderings from spring head to the rivers below. They may even be described as soul healing.
The soft light is perfect for the scene, sun filtered through high clouds with a natural color balance and no harsh shadows or washed out highlights. Jay made all the right decisions, including:
– The use of a tripod to allow careful composition, sharp focus and a slow shutter speed
– An aperture of f/22 to allow sharpness from the foreground to the background
– A slow shutter of 6.0 sec to blend the water’s flow
– No attempt to include the sky which would have been featurless and overblown
– A low ISO of 100 for minimum noise
– Bracketed exposure to assure the best for the scene would be obtained
– Choosing to include only the elements essential to the scene without clutter to confuse the viewer

All Profile Trail photos submitted may be view here: