Friday, March 08, 2013

Couple Days in Tahoe

I just returned from spending the last two days near Lake Tahoe with my team from work.  Many people opted for skiing and snowboarding, but I chose to photograph instead.  It snowed on and off for most of the day on Thursday and so we opted to do some long exposure work with rocks.  An initial attempt at Sand Harbor didn't provide much fruit so we opted for Bonsai Rock.  I've been curious what Bonsai Rock was like during winter and though there was snow on the hike down to the water's edge, there sadly wasn't much snow on the rocks themselves.

I chose to work mostly with my technical camera and 32mm lens using rise/fall to exaggerate the relationships between foreground elements and the background.  A lot of people ask me why I use these movements and it so happens that on this trip I captured this scene in two different ways.  In the image above, I leveled the camera and then used fall to bring in the foreground rock.

Now in this image, I switched to my 5D3 with the 24-70 and tilted the camera down to try and frame a similar composition.  The field of view is slightly different (the tech. camera image has a wider field of view) but the important distinction is how movements can change the relative sizes of objects.  Though Bonsai rock is larger in the second image, since it is a subject that is often photographed, I like how its relative importance is reduced in the first.

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