We drove by this scene a few times in Yellowstone National Park and every time I knew that I wanted to take a photo of it. I also noted the challenges.
The biggest problem was that I couldn’t stand where I wanted – I would have preferred to be about 50 metres to my right. After some internal debate, I decided a better photo was likely not worth scalding my feet in steaming hot water. I don’t regret it.
When I surveyed all the wonderful potential, I decided to focus on the unusual formation in the centre right because it reminded me of a castle. When I looked at the photo above, I wasn’t too crazy about the dark area in the upper right corner but the steam morphing into sky was good. I also would have moved the sun around if I could but that wasn’t happening. In the end the light and shadows worked out reasonably well. A good place to start.
In hindsight I wish I had taken more time with this photo and tried a few more angles but I usually say that. When I’m home, I have to work with what I’ve got. So I put the cropper tool to work and started slicing away to make the castle larger.
The top right corner on the photo below was essentially locked. I went right to the edge of the darker area in the photo since I didn’t want to include any of it. I could have gone a little higher on the bottom but I liked that curved rock in the foreground. It seemed to give the photo more depth and set off the castle even more. What do you think?
How would you have cropped the photo?