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on May 13, 2014 in Landscape Photography

Knowing When to Say When

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One of the real challenges of photography is knowing when to say, when. That’s to say, the best photo has come and gone and it’s time to move on. Let me share this sunset from the other night in Custer State Park as an example of what I’m talking about. The top photo is why I stopped the car. At one of my favorite locales for sunrise, this night is was perfect for sunset. So with Df /18-35AFS in hand, I made the click you see above. The clouds I stopped for has already changed slightly in the fast moving storm, but I still made this first click. And having already seen “the” shot I liked slip away, I stayed watching the heavens. Pretty natural reaction to beauty.

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As you see, the uniqueness in the texture in the clouds slowly got jammed up, it became a mass. Now if you look really, really closely right above the trees, the bottom photo has a better “sunset” compared to above, but it is so small it makes no impact. But when you’re standing there, you mind’s eye sees that so you go click. When you get back to the computer though, that giant sky is now only as big as you computer screen and that detail is now truly small. When it comes to photography and in this case landscapes, you have to know when is when at the time of going click and then also when it comes time to sharing. You wanna put your best foot forward and knowing when to say when is a big part of that!