You are out shooting, and something catches your eye… you set up for the shot and take the picture… and then move on to the next spot. How often do you zoom in or out at that spot or take a different angle to cover your bases? I am slowly learning (That could be my life’s motto) to take a couple of extra shots. I tried to get the web domain hyperphoto, since I tend to already be heading to my next picture before I finish the one I am taking. But, when I actually slow down and take a few different angles or at least zoom in, I tend to have better results back in Lightroom. Something grabbed my eye and made stop at that spot and want to capture the image, but I may have a vague idea of what it is, so spend a few extra seconds or minutes trying some different looks. This is way better than sitting at my computer back home wishing I had moved in just a bit or to the right a touch. This is especially true the harder or farther away an area is from your house. If it is something around the corner, you can walk back there and take another picture. If it happens to be in the desert of Nevada where you had a flat tire… chances are you won’t be back for a while, so take a couple of extra shots… it will be worth it.

First shot that grabbed my attention.

First shot that grabbed my attention.

zooming in just a bit, eliminates a little bit of the clutter, but still not there

zooming in just a bit, eliminates a little bit of the clutter, but still not there

It is a toss up between this one and the final one, with the final one edging this one out just a touch.

It is a toss up between this one and the final one, with the final one edging this one out just a touch.

a calmer more harmonious image showcasing the steering wheel, which was what sparked my attention in the first place. I could have cropped in from the first shot, but sometimes it in not that easy, so play around.

This is a stronger image showcasing the steering wheel, which was what sparked my attention in the first place. I could have cropped in from the first shot, but sometimes it in not that easy, so play around.

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5 comments

  1. Dennis Zito 20 August, 2015 at 06:35 Reply

    Hey Pete,

    You know, I just did this yesterday. I was out shooting Cactus Apples, and just keep moving around and zooming in and I get you thoughts here. Scott did a Composition Class a few years ago, and he went through the same scenario. My biggest problem is I don’t like to cut of stuff like the top and bottom of the steering wheel, but now I see it doesn’t matter. The idea of the shot still comes across. Good lesson, Thanks! – Dennis

  2. Randy Baldwin 19 August, 2015 at 11:11 Reply

    I like the last shot! Rustic yet, let’s the imagination run wild. Like, is there an old coca cola cooler in the rear seat slowly rusting away. Or maybe, just maybe, the trunk holds treasures beyond our belief. Excellent work photog!

  3. tim 19 August, 2015 at 08:12 Reply

    I liked the original pic the best, not the zoomed in one. You are showing the inside of the weathered car perfectly.

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