It’s time for A Personal Photo Challenge! “Composition Variations” is the theme this month.
After several years of practice, I routinely change up my compositions of a subject without even thinking about it much. When I am doing landscape photography, in particular, I go into an autopilot mode. I size up a scene before taking the first shot. I also take special note of where my feet are planted and mentally note any barriers and potential obstacles before I start moving around. If the scenery is particularly captivating, I can take dozens of photos in a relatively small area. I pace off in various directions to try different compositions, vary the focal distance (thanks to a zoom lens), and switch between landscape and vertical framing in the viewfinder.
Our recent trip to southern Utah provided me many opportunities to varying my compositions. I’m sharing a total of five images with you for this challenge. I went over my own instructions for three photos, so please forgive me, LOL! I took about 30 photos in this area, all within less than 15 minutes.
A landmark that caught our eye for a photo shoot was Navajo Dome in Capitol Reef National Park, a prominent knob of creamy white sandstone.
f/10, 1/320 second, ISO 400, 42mm focal length
After taking a few shots of this vantage point, I decided to focus in on the rock cliff formation to the right of the dome.
f/11, 1/200 second, ISO 400, 28mm focal length
f/11, 1/200 second, ISO 400, 40mm focal length
I then explored a little bit further and discovered the Fremont River on the other side of the shrubbery, carving a path along a rock cliff face.
f/16, 1/100 second, ISO 400, 28mm focal length
And of course, I couldn’t resist taking a photo in the opposite direction either!
f/16, 1/125 second, ISO 400, 36mm focal length
Now that you’ve seen my photos and read my post, I hope you will visit A Personal Photo Challenge blog and check out the creative efforts of other participants. Thank you so much!