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  • Jim says:

    I like the third one

  • Mike Pirschel says:

    I agree, after reviewing the photos, #3 with the sky above the mountains.

  • jaap says:

    Yes, I prefer the 3rd picture as well. With the sunset (or sunrise) it is much more complete with the nice colors starting in front and fading out at the horizon.

  • Tom says:

    I like # 2

  • Suzy says:

    Greetings, Great topic. I enjoyed that we are not presented with situation and answer but forced to choose and employ photographic principles. This type of exercise is beneficial for me to develop a better composition. In my opinion, #1 is cutting off the top of the mountain in the upper left, providing a feeling of “looks sunny and bright but how much higher is the mountain”. # 2 shows the top of the mountain but now there are 2 leading lines. If there are 3 sets of mountains then that would create an image that is following the rule of thirds. #3 creates the triad that is pleasing to view. The addition of the sky provides and endpoint and maintains the sacred edge.

  • brock says:

    I like the third one because it feels more balanced though expansive. I generally like wide-angle shots too, so there’s some bias there. (I do feel like the horizon should be more level but that may not be “true.”) Otherwise, I’d choose the second one for something rich and powerful. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your post and photographs.

  • chris says:

    I like the first one. Brings the focus to the central point of the composition without drawing attention away and creating a struggle.

  • J. Ross says:

    I can’t say which one I like the most. It is a toss up for a couple of reasons, but the top one is the one I like the least!

    The second (middle) image puts my eye on the most interesting elements of the frame, but that top edge is a bit tight.

    The bottom image shows more depth, but my eye is focusing more on the snow-covered mountain in back of the crags which have that great light.

    Thanks for sharing your perspectives!

  • Martin says:

    I like the third picture. To me it tells “the rest of the story” that the first two leave out.

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    Terry Bourk

    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


    Roger Sinclair

    You have done it again! Another triumph.

    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.