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  Mini#28 Best of 2014
Entry 9 of 32
   
 
White House Ruin       ©2014 SteveBee
Panasonic DMC-G5       9th place, 120 points
1/800s, f6.3, ISO 200, 28mm, Aperture Priority, Center Weighted Average, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Tone adjustments and sharpening in LR       Extra Info: The White House Ruin is in Canyon de Chelly on Navajo land in Arizona. The ruins were photographed by Ansel Adams in 1942. Please don't compare his photo to mine!
 
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Jade O.
Jan 12, 2015
    Top 10 is still a fine placing. I've thought a lot about the tree and I think it is strictly a personal preference. My theory is that we often want our expectation to be validated and rewarded in a photo. Because it is such an unusual sight in this environment, and because the perspective throws the viewer into confusion trying to relate the scale of the tree to the surroundings and especially the background, the viewer can (like me) have an adverse reaction to it. The surprise or unique element in a photo can be rewarding but only if the viewer "discovers" and feels comfortable and confident in what at first he couldn't reconcile. Here, I'm left unreconciled since I can't quite get the scale of the tree (are the shrubs tall or short?) and remain unsure what it is contributing to the image. Just my view, of course.

RobertLavker
Jan 12, 2015
    Nice shot - had you much higher.

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Lo
Jan 12, 2015
    What an amazing place - the colours are incredible.

cookiejar
Jan 12, 2015
    Very impressive. I like to top heavy rock face and the search the eye makes to discover the buildings within.

kerszkavet
Jan 11, 2015
    great picture - the shadows on the rocks are amazing, and the colours are good.

Joanna
Jan 11, 2015
    A very strong and striking image

SteveBee
Jan 10, 2015
    Thank you, John. At least one person liked the tree (besides me)!

johncomyn
Jan 10, 2015
    Those rocks have amazing texture, the read tone are great. I think the addition of the tree is what adds interest, would have been nice to have a little more contrast between the tree and rocks.

wrosenthal
Jan 10, 2015
    Well, yours is in color and it does the subject justice. I have been there also, but was not able to get to the canyon floor. Very dramatic and imposing. A favorite.

aoc46
Jan 10, 2015
    Like the color in the rock, but for some reason, the tree seems much closer to the cliff than it really is, making the ruins look like miniatures.

Elyod
Jan 10, 2015
    I made the comparison, and well done. You've really caught the essence of the scene.

LaRee
Jan 9, 2015
    I get the great sense of scale with this image. The tree is an interesting addition. Wonderful detail and color you've captured in this image. Did you have to get special permission to visit this area? I could visit Arizona. Maybe not in the summer but the winter would be fun I think.

elliott
Jan 9, 2015
    fascinating place with horrible history. my companions were not up for the trek, so i only got shots from the rim. still such an incredible canyon full of surprises and history. great shot.
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forkcandles
Jan 9, 2015
    you have captured the overall area of the site but the ruin is a little lost.
IMHO cropping the green to a minimum and cropped the LH side nearer to the ruin.
have you done this in grainy black and white ??

Mepo
Jan 9, 2015
    The tree lends depth and balance to the image but also seems to give some false perspective tot he ruins. Love the colours and the texture in the rocks.

Edward
Jan 9, 2015
    Dramatic locale; nicely captured. I might have brought the brightness down a bit and introduced some contrast to bring out the dwellings a bit more.

SteveBee
Jan 8, 2015
    Jade: Appreciate your comment. At the time, I thought the tree was a nice contrast to the rocks. You don't usually see large trees in the western canyons.

Jade O.
Jan 8, 2015
    Powerful but the tree bothers me a lot. Just a personal thing but I'd have worked to get it out of the frame.
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