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April 28th, 2011

Photo Critique Series: “Bonsai Waves” by Mat Malone

Posted By Michael Frye
"Bonsai Waves" by Mat Malone
Composition This week’s photograph was made by Mat Malone along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. What first caught my eye about this image was the composition, with the layered, repeating shapes of the foreground rocks leading the eyes toward the more distant rock with the “bonsai” trees. In some other critiques I’ve taken …
 
March 17th, 2011

Photo Critique Series: “Late Afternoon, Moraine Hills State Park” by Vivienne Shen

Posted By Michael Frye
“Late Afternoon, Moraine Hills State Park” by Vivienne Shen
Light and Mood This week’s photograph was made by Vivienne Shen at Moraine Hills State Park, near Chicago, Illinois. The light in this image really caught my eye, with the sun peeking through branches, the long tree shadows in the foreground, and the golden, late-afternoon colors. The light, bare trees, and snowy ground combine to …
 
February 25th, 2011

Photo Critique Series: “Another Lousy Sunset” by Ken Hornbrook

Posted By Michael Frye
"Another Lousy Sunset" by Ken Hornbrook
The critique is finally here—thanks for your patience! Light This week’s photograph was made by Ken Hornbrook at Bandon Beach along the Oregon coast. There’s some wonderful sunset color in the sky, plus blue and orange reflections in the water, creating great color contrasts throughout much of the frame. Any photographer standing at this beach …
 
January 28th, 2011

Photo Critique Series: “Badwater Lake” by Grant Kaye

Posted By Michael Frye
“Badwater Lake” by Grant Kaye
This week’s photograph was made by Grant Kaye at Badwater in Death Valley National Park, California. The water in this place may be bad to drink, but it’s good for photography. It’s always interesting to see water in the desert, and this spot often has great reflections, especially with clouds at sunrise or sunset, like …
 
January 14th, 2011

Photo Critique Series: “Ptarmigan Lake” by Chris Alexander

Posted By Michael Frye
"Ptarmigan Lake" by Chris Alexander
Composition This week’s photograph was made by Chris Alexander in Glacier National Park, Montana. That’s the second time recently that I’ve critiqued a photo from this park. Obviously—and no surprise to anyone who’s been there—a beautiful place! This composition works very well. The bottom two-thirds of the photograph has sweeping, repeating, U-shaped curves that help …
 
December 30th, 2010

Photo Critique Series: “Juniper and Monolith” by Jeremy Long

Posted By Michael Frye
"Juniper and Monolith" by Jeremy Long
Light This week’s photograph was made by Jeremy Long in Joshua Tree National Park, California. The image is an interesting study of both composition and light. Of course it’s impossible to separate the two, as one always affects the other, but when analyzing a photograph it helps to consider each aspect on its own. Warm, …
 
December 15th, 2010

Photo Critique Series: “Rabbitbrush and Storm” by David Thomas

Posted By Michael Frye
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First, my new eBook, Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, will actually be released tonight at 1:00 a.m. PST, not today as I said previously. I’ll have more details in my next post tomorrow morning. On to the critique… This week’s photograph was made by David Thomas near Bishop, California, on the eastern side …
 
December 2nd, 2010

Photo Critique Series: “Wild Goose Overlook” by Travis Villa

Posted By Michael Frye
"Wild Goose Overlook" by Travis Villa
Composition and Light This week’s photograph was made by Travis Villa in Glacier National Park, Montana. Travis wrote on Flickr, “This is one of the most spectacular sunrises I have ever seen, complemented by an already beautiful location. I felt very grateful to have a good balance (not too many or too few) of clouds …
 
November 23rd, 2010

Joel Curzon’s Everglades and William Neill’s Impressions.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Impressionistic view of a hemlock forest in Antrim, New Hampshire.
I recently ran across two nature photography books that are true works of art: William Neill’s “Impressions of Light” and Joel Curzon’s “Light Fading: Reflections on the Imperiled Everglades.” I highly recommend both for different reasons.  Neill’s “Impressions” feature’s a new body of work from this long-time master of the landscape photograph.  His large format, …
 
November 12th, 2010

Photo Critique Series: “Dogwood” by Mark Wilburn

Posted By Michael Frye
"Dogwood" by Mark Wilburn
Overview, Composition, and Light This week’s photograph was made by Mark Wilburn in Yosemite Valley. It  was made just a few days ago, on November 6th, near the peak of fall color in Yosemite Valley this year. In fact I was nearby, teaching a private workshop, when Mark made this photograph. I exchanged some pleasantries …