Shenandoah: The Details or the Wide and Grand?

December 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

South River Falls in Black and White, the wide viewSouth River FallsThe wide view In my last post Trouble with Color I talked about reasons I may choose to go with a black and white landscape photograph instead of one in color. Here, I'd like to show another way to deal with some of the same problems. If the wide scene has vastly different components, whether light and shadows or colors, walking closer or zooming in may just be the answer. Isolate a section that can stand on its own, still showcase the same subject, yet, have more consistent light and color.

Actually, even without these problems I like to challenge myself to see both the grand wide views as well as the details. I never know ahead of time which of the two approaches I will end up liking more.

Compare and decide for yourself:

South River Falls Up Close, Study of Light, Color, and Texture, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia (VA).South River Falls Up CloseStudy of Light, Color, and Texture

Light, colors, and textures in a close up of South River Falls, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia (VA)

Have fun selecting your favorite elements and views!

Equipment Used:

Nikon D600Nikon 24-85mm Nikkor Lens, Manfrotto tripod (055MF3) and head (496RC2), B+W 77mm Neutral Density (ND) Filter 1.8 - 64x (to lengthen the exposure), Think Tank Speed Demon Waist Pack,  Petzl Zipka Plus 2 Headlamp (always in the bag just in case), SanDisk Extreme 32GB SD CardsNikon Capture NX2

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