11 | April
"Evening Descent"
General: 6:27 PM on 3/17/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/640sec | f/3.5 | 18mm (29mm) | ISO-200
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: -1/3
Flash: No

An oddly shaped rock stuck out of the side of the mountain and resulted in a nice silhouette shot with the rock appearing to emerge from the black expanse. Some of you may recognize the mountains in the distance from the earlier cacti photos. This can be clasified as landscape, right? ;)

I was going to crop off a little on the left side to bring the rock a little closer to the rule of thirds, but decided against it. I decided the cloud gradient was more important than a slight shift of the rock. And while the slightly cropped version looks a bit better compositionally, the minimal difference is inconsequential, in my opinion.

categories: desert landscape nature sunrise/sunset

Thoughts of: paul
April 11th, 2005 at 4:58 AM

ryan, that is a "wish I was there shot", bloody awesome shot man.

Thoughts of: Chris
April 11th, 2005 at 8:07 AM

I love this picture. Arizona is stinkin beautiful!

I like this so much, I want to tell you about something I am starting to do with my photos. I submit them as stock photos (for free) and I get paid when they are downloaded! See what I mean below:


Thoughts of: mark
April 11th, 2005 at 10:14 AM

popped over to your site from a comment you left on mine. I've spent a little while browsing through all your photos..

Amazing!!! the most recent ones with the tiny DOF are awesome....

Really enjoyed browsing around your site....great great photos....

Hope its ok...im linking you up!

Thoughts of: Jason
April 11th, 2005 at 12:36 PM

Amazing stuff, you have some really impressive work here. I agree that compositionally it may have been more pleasing if the rock was a little farther to the left in the frame but I do see how hard it could be to crop out those clouds. Really beautiful.

Thoughts of: Nik
April 11th, 2005 at 12:54 PM

I have but one word..... WOW!

Thoughts of: Ryan
April 11th, 2005 at 1:47 PM

Hey, thanks for all the comments! One thing I love about photography is that many times in order to capture beautiful shots on camera you have to first see it, and be there. Hiking through the mountains, searching for beautiful scenery, is very rewarding...not only to be there, but to actually frame the shot in your mind, essentially "framing" the landscape and "noticing" different compositions of it. This applies mostly to landscape and nature shots, of course, but I think you get the point. Sorry if that didn't make any sense and was just me blabbering on again...

Well, I just finished my econ test, and I've got a physics test right after calculus, so I had better get back to studying.

Thoughts of: n.smile
April 11th, 2005 at 8:17 PM

that's just an exquisite photo. i love it.

Thoughts of: Meghan
April 11th, 2005 at 9:34 PM

Dramatic and beautiful.

Thoughts of: Margaret
April 11th, 2005 at 10:53 PM

I take it back, this is my new favorite. It is absolutely fantasitc. I love Nebraska, but I doubt that you'd find anything as striking here. This a scene that reminds me that there is certainly a higher Artist out there, creating beauty from even the driest of hottest of landscapes (can you tell I don't usually like deserts?). Totally awesome -- in the words of our friend, it rocks my face off.

Thoughts of: G N Bassett
April 11th, 2005 at 11:32 PM

This is magnificent. Absolutely gorgeous sky!

Thoughts of: Tristan
April 13th, 2005 at 4:32 AM

Thanks for the landscape ;-) This is a wonderful dramatic sunset shot, and the sillhouetted rock foreground works great.

Thoughts of: Alec Long
April 17th, 2005 at 8:55 PM

Very well executed. The rule of thirds, I think, should be renamed "the guideline of thirds." This works. The sky is stunning, and the rock adds nice visual interest.

Thoughts of: Abe
April 18th, 2005 at 1:11 AM

Lovely shot. You do silhouettes so well.

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