Well I went to Vasquez Rocks, just north of Los Angeles with a meetup.com group. The leader has been out there before many times and knew some interesting shots to be had.
I knew before hand that I would make several of the shots black and white in post production (Photoshop) so I kept this in mind as I shot. It helps to think in black and white, mostly contrasts between the light areas, (whites and grays) and the shadows, (dark grays and blacks). I also was working with a new graduated neutral density filter set up, trying it out. It had rained the day before so there were lots of clouds in the sky to make things interesting visually.
As you can see it was a tight spot to crawl into, but the shot was interesting as you can see here.
As you can see it was a very different kind of shot, not the normal. How our fearless leader found the shot we never learned, but it seems he looks for these kind of shots all the time. As you will see he took us to several of these shots.
Trying to make a nice composition with these elements is a little tougher as almost all the rocks at at angles. But still the balance is needed to make the shot work.
As I said earlier I also made several of my photos into black and white. Here are the examples,
Now here are some color shots to let the viewer decide if they like it better in color or in black and white.
Anyway, that’s the best of the photos of my trip to Vasquez Rocks. Hope it shows you some various ways to put together compositions in landscapes. Like I said I used a graduated neutral density filter to darken the sky and balance out the exposure. I hope I’ve given you some idea of the setting used and how to play with your camera and learn more about it. Happy shooting.