November 16, 2010

Sunset on the University Ridge leg of the Ice Age Trail.




rhhardin said...

You are the wind beneath my ears. (video)

New "Hussein" Ham said...

These are close to two of the very best photographs you have taken thus far. (You're in the golden hour with these shots and that is when the light is at play).

Next time, don't center the sun. Remember the rule of thirds! (GOOGLE IT!)

The top one, cropped properly, would be a very good photograph.

Congratulations on your progress.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

Look closely at the top photograph.

Now (in your minds eye) move yourself 100 feet to the right, so that the sun is just beneath the boughs of the large tree center.

Now, place that tree at the 1/3'd mark vertical and 2/3ds mark horizontal.

That's framing would have made this a spectacular shot.

JZ said...

I don't agree that these are two of the best, Ham. She's taken lots of great photos. The ones of the classic cars come to mind.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

I think this framing demonstrates the "rule of thirds" well:

Now, imagine if you had moved yourself (and your camera) to the right, and framed the sun just below the large tree)!

Hagar said...

Everyone wants to be a critic...

New "Hussein" Ham said...

"Everyone wants to be a critic..."

Some of us just want to offer insights on how slight improvements can dramatically effect the emotional appeal of a photograph.

That's how photographers learn from each other and improve their craft.

Chip Ahoy said...


Say, did you chance look at the Fall Leaves photo challenge posted on Gizmodo yesterday? Huh? Well, did you? ANSWER ME! Some of them are assume, I mean awesome.

Fall Leaves Wallpapers here.

Same thing in different ordered Flickr photo set here.

I thought you might be interested on account of being a photographer yourself.

Deb said...

Chip Ahoy; thanks for sharing.

Every season has its own unique beauty.

wv: flicl.

Chip Ahoy said...

Professor, do you have a little backpack that can relieve the weight of your Nikon plus a few lenses? I have one but it's big and bulky. Hardly the thing to take a-wandering along the mountain track. And as as you go, you love to sing the bulky thing on your back:
chorus: Valderi
chorus: Valdera
chorus: Valderi
(all) Valdera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
Valderi, valdera
The knapsack on your back.

deborah said...

RH, sweet vid. I like how at least twice she catches a scent on the wind. Did you have her in a sitstay? Hmmm?

rhhardin said...


No, she's on her own.

deborah said...

Love the top photo, Professor. Just gorgeous. Since the sun isn't centered, you can get a pass on the 'thirds' rule.

Now, about you starting a 'vanity' press for your photos. For example, I'd love to choose 12 photos for a calendar.

deborah said...

Ah. That's surprising. So sweet.

edutcher said...

Sunset on the cusp of winter. One feels a chill in the soul just looking at it.

Lem said...

I lost my phone over the weekend.. luckily I had insurance.. they delivered a replacement (even better than the one I had) earlier today.

Amazing speed considering I only reported it yesterday.

AlphaLiberal said...

Nice! On Wisconsin!

bagoh20 said...

Anyone else see lonewacko got insta-dissed?

Penny said...

Chip, those Gizmodo photos are incredible. Thanks for linking!

Penny said...

"That's how photographers learn from each other and improve their craft."

Agreed, Ham, and would add that is true for writing, painting and any skill really. Unfortunately, not everyone is open to giving or accepting honest feedback.

I belong to an artists' group where that is the stated objective - give and get feedback from your fellow artists - yet that is rarely what happens unless comments like "wonderful" and "lovely" are considered constructive feedback these days.

The insightful comments usually come in one-on-one side conversations. My assumption is that most people think that's the polite thing to do, but it sure cuts down on a tremendous amount of group learning.

HKatz said...

There's something melancholy and fateful about these photos. A burning eye looking over a bleak valley. There'll be a showdown soon.

amba said...

Man, these look like Hudson Valley School paintings or something.

rhhardin said...

The (enlarge photo) field plants are, I believe, goldenrod, in late fall drag.

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

Professor, the second photo conveys winter perfectly for me here on Long Island, no snow but most times we don't get much snow. This perfect photo will stay on my desktop until spring starts to nudge the surface.

Thanks much.