Work the Scene

My latest post to the Outdoor Photographer blog, Work the Scene, discusses the merits of trying different angles and positions when photographing a location. The image used to illustrate the post, below, was taken while leading my recent photo workshop in Zion National Park.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Several of my students and I lined up to photograph this scene along the Virgin River. Initially attracted to the graphic crack in the rock and the diagonal lines coming in from the upper corners formed by the trees, I realized that the scene needed something more. I started splashing water on the foreground rocks to deepen their color and to remove any unsightly bright spots, and then my students and I scattered some fallen leaves over the rocks to enhance the leaves that were already there. Although not strictly natural, these “enhancements” helped improve the look of the scene, and we had some fun in the process.

Technical details: Canon 5D Mark II camera, 14-24mm lens (@14mm), ISO 100, f/14, 0.5 seconds, polarizer filter to remove glare.

Ian Plant

Author: Ian Plant

World-renowned professional photographer, writer, and adventurer Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine, and a Tamron Image Master. Ian is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. Ian leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision.

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