exercise 103 – Lola Cinco

There are three prominent compositional techniques in this photo. The first is telling a story. The photo brings us on a journey from inside a dark cave, along the winding, jagged rocks, and up into the light. The second is the diagonal. The rocks follow a diagonal pathway from the bottom left to the upper right. The last is overlapping layers. We see each layer stacked one behind the other, from the closest jutting rock to the cliff wall in the back. Each layer also takes on a deep, vivid color, following a gradient from maroon to bright yellow. The photographer uses a small aperture, meaning less light enters the camera, to ensure the entire image is in focus. The photographer also most likely used bracketing. Because there is such a change in lighting from the bottom to the top of the photo, he/she most likely took several photos, altering the exposure and focusing on different parts, and combining them later on to create a whole, well-exposed and developed image.

image: https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/NationalGeographic_1467467.jpg

Comments (3)

  1. This photo has so many great components to it. The different textures are so amazing that it would be so cool to see it in a macro picture. The lighting is so unique that I also agree that the photographer used the bracketing technique.

  2. I love how the perspective of the photographer. The curve of the sand really does tell a story and it leads us to the way. I also love the lightning change in this picture. The layers the photographer focus on is beautiful.

  3. This photo reminds me Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Is this photo taken there? I remember how hard for me to take a clear/good picture inside the cave because the light is dim. As you pointed out, it used a small aperture to give a bigger depth, but at the same time, it also became harder as the light entering the camera would be reduced. I agreed that this photographer might use bracketing technique to create different layers in different colors from the bottom radiating to the top. Beautiful transition. If I would add one more point, I think framing technique is also applied. The top arch like portion does give me a feeling that I am peeking out from a window (here a cave hole).

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