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    With the photograph presented I wanted to show a good composition of light and patterns.

    I really wanted to capture that moment, of how mother nature can express itself in any way it so chooses.

    I call this one.

    “Expressions of Nature”

    Enjoy! 🙂

    © S.D. Weather & Landscape Fine Art Imaging

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Thanks for sending in this lovely image.

    Here is the EXIF data:
    [attachment=0:kt6bf07t]Expressions of Nature EXIF.png[/attachment:kt6bf07t]
    Date Time Original: 2013:03:20 04:07:25
    Exposure Time: 1/125
    F Number: f / 11
    Exposure Program: Manual
    ISO Speed Ratings: 200
    Metering Mode: Pattern
    Flash: Flash did not fire
    Focal Length: 35mm
    White Balance: Manual white balance
    Model: NIKON D3000
    Exif Version:
    Pixel X Dimension: 3868
    Pixel Y Dimension: 1407
    User Comment:
    Date Time Digitized: 2013:03:20 04:07:25
    Subsec Time: 50
    Subsec Time Original: 50
    Subsec Time Digitized: 50
    Exposure Bias: -0.33
    Max Aperture Value: 1.60
    Light Source: Fine weather
    Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor
    Custom Rendered: Normal process
    Exposure Mode: 1
    Digital Zoom Ration: 1
    Focal Length In 35mm Film: 52mm
    Scene Capture Type: Landscape
    Contrast: Normal
    Saturation: Normal
    Sharpness: Hard
    Subject Distance Range: Unknown
    ExifIFDPointer: 256
    Orientation: 1
    YCbCr Positioning: 1
    X Resolution: 72
    Y Resolution: 72
    Resolution Unit: 2
    Date Time: 2013:03:26 17:48:00
    Software: QuickTime 7.6.6

    The first thing I noticed was that I really like the image. It feels right.

    It looks like something you could hang on your wall but I was curious, how come you chose black and white for this image?

    The main thing here is that the image is technically sound if just every so slightly underexposed. I like how sharp the image. Razor sharp images like this are just lovely.

    From a compositional perspective everything is well laid out and perfectly positioned.

    One concern would be the aspect ratio of the image. There are no rules for aspect ratios but using a ratio that is unusual may limit your ability to make prints and good sizes etc. Stick to the common aspect ratios like 16:9 3:2 or 1:1 etc.

    I’m curious about your thoughts on the black and white choice.



    I’m really glad you enjoyed the image! I chose black & white for this image because I really like the balance monochrome brings to the photograph. Like a Clyde Butcher photo for example, a really pleasing photo with a unique mood and character.

    In this case not just with this shot but many other past shots, I will do a color version as well to showcase a more lively mood from the photo. It’s really neat how black & white can reveal a whole new character and feel to the photograph. 🙂


    Now with the aspect ratio I know the dimensions might be a bit awkward. For what’s it worth that’s the way It needed to be. Given that I cropped the image to make it a panoramic style. 🙂

    With this image as well as another photo that I”ll tag you in on my page. I am able to still able to print a big detailed 16×38 print outs!

    Can’t wait to start the next assignment. 🙂


    Duncan Rawlinson

    Awesome stuff here. Keep em sharp and keep shooting!!!!

    I love your photo and I hope to see more like it!

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