01-08-13 Nature’s Artistry (HDR)

2012 01-08 Nature's Artistry (HDR)

Nature provides the canvas, the subject and the paint. The photographer furnishes the frame. And the technological medium applied by the photographer sometimes enhances what nature provides and often diminishes it.

You’ll make your own judgements about this particular photo. All I can say is that this place is one of my favorite places on earth and my feelings affect what I see and do here. Every time.

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  1. Superb! A terrific example of HDR. Also, great composition (although you knew that). The spread of sunbeams at upper left is wonderfully complemented by the spreading plant at lower right. Your eye keeps traveling that diagonal back and forth. I love how the grass in the foreground shines as it bends toward you, and how the dark clouds complement the dark green hills in the middle ground. I’ve only been to South Dakota once, a few years ago, and the most vivid things I remember there are badlands, buffalo, and Mount Rushmore. Never saw anything like this out there. . . . I like that spikey plant by the ridge of grass almost as much as the lake reflection simply for its location in the composition. Wow! This is textbook. It doesn’t get much better than this. Your camera is a national resource.

    • Ken, thanks so much for your kind words. This photo was taken several years ago, long before I had read that a landscape photo should have something worth looking at in the foreground, the middle ground and the background. So either I was precocious or just plane lucky when I captured this image. The latter is the likely answer.

      I will say that I was aware of the elements you refer to when I edited this photo a few days ago. I’m not precocious but I am a little smarter than I was when I took the photo. 🙂

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