The shot that got Away
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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
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