The shot that got Away

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© Brad Flora
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Photo Info
UploadedNovember 25, 2008
TakenNovember 23, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/100 sec at f/18
FlashCompulsory Flash, Return light detected
Focal Length11 mm
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

Here's a brief lesson, for anyone that wants to listen, on what it takes to make a great landscape photograph.

Among other things, it needs good composition through foreground, mid, and background elements, good exposure and contrast, and lastly a solid subject.

I shot this picture hand held with my face away from the view finder and if I would have kept mostly all of the same angle's and tilt to the camera, but shifted my camera a half inch to the left I would have been able to add Pikes Peak as an element to this same scene, well-enough lit and nicely silhouetted in between the branches of the tree.

At the time I was so focused on getting my flash right, and composing the tree proper, that I did not even think anything other than the idea that Pikes Peak was completely blocked by the tree.

Oh well, I suppose it's for the best, as if I had done it like that it would have been such an uber-keeper of a picture that I would have flowed it directly to my Fine Art contacts and no one on JPG would have ever seen it.

So in conclusion, this is a picture of a (probably) thousand year old juniper pine, with the front range of colorado (NOT pikes peak) serving as the mid-ground, and the fantastically well exposed clouds the background.


1/100, f/18, ISO 200

SB 600, Fong Defuser

In the Progressive Landscape Photography photo essay.

Also in the How To take a Good Picture photo essay.

8 responses

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (25 Nov 2008):


  • Tamara Long

    Tamara Long (Deleted) gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    love the colors and POV

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    I like it as is, the detail in the tree trunk is outstanding!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Nov 2008):

    Great shot and story.

  • Louisa Cattabriga

    Louisa Cattabriga gave props (28 Nov 2008):

    beautifully captured

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (29 Nov 2008):


  • Larkin Flora

    Larkin Flora gave props (30 Nov 2008):


  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (13 Dec 2008):

    nice shot!

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