“Monarch Dunes #18″

Canon Mark II 1DS f2.8 70-200mm zoom @200mm ISO 200 f2.8@ 1/1500th
Three image composite

Theme Week 33: Commercial Project for SDC Properties…continued

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11 Responses to ““Monarch Dunes #18″”

  • Gordon says:

    These are certainly a different take on golf course shots – with the more out of focus foreground. I like this particular one a lot – the space between the tufts of out of focus grass lets me move into the scene. The tiny flash of red/ orange eventually leads my eye over to the green. Amazing how that little patch of red stands up to all that green/yellow/blue.

    The three image composite/ aspect ratio you’ve picked feels very cinematic, like an opening scene from a movie, with some story about to walk into the foreground.

  • tonebytone says:

    Hi, Craig – Gordon says he likes this cinematic approach to the lake, having the grass seed heads totally out of focus. But it’s not my favorite cinematic approach to still images. This one needs movement into and past those blurred grasses so we can see more of the lake and the rolling turf around it. We’re not mice; we don’t live in the grasses. We admire them, but don’t immerse ourselves in them. At least I don’t, lol.

    But – if your client likes it, who am I to comment, anyway? :-)

    Were I shooting this – not for a client – I’d have gone even lower, so the blurred grasses would have surrounded the vista to the lake. I’d have tried to use the grasses to frame the vista. I tried doing this on Tybee Island, but that didn’t work – wrong lens, lol.

  • admin says:

    Hi Gordon and Flo,

    Thank you for being here!!!!

    I had a client meeting yesterday morning and I had not edited this particular shot yet so the client has not seen it. Of the ones I showed them their favorite was the sunset on number 11 but the response to that shot has a lot more to do with the general view out to the ocean (one of the more amazing places to stand…or be in a bucket lift:)) on this particular property than it does with this image being judged as just a golf course shot. In that context I tend to agree with Gordon’s earlier comment about that image.

    Flo…I tried my best to shoot the shot you mentioned and is really more of what I pre-visualized when I first noticed the backlight on these grasses but the left to right slope kept me from getting any lower without having the taller landscape on the left completely obscure the left hand side of my background. I also agree with you Flo….as much as I like the drama of the backlight here its quite a forced perspective…..Craig

  • tonebytone says:

    Thanks, Craig. Shooting for clients must be terribly exacting. It’s not something that I would be able to tolerate – subjugating my own vision to that of someone else, no matter the money involved.

    Recently Tina showed us some creative movement shots she’d made of the lights on her parents’ Christmas tree. Most of us loved the shots and her creativity with shooting in this fashion. But her parents didn’t like them at all! So then Tina tried to produce images that they would like, under difficult circumstances of a small space to navigate in plus cluttery backgrounds. Fortunately, her parents did appreciate her next results. Lol, in a sense, her parents were her clients, as she came to understand.

    So the world of realtors and land developers has you to shoot their visions for them. And apparently you’re keeping them very well satisfied. And that’s what counts with these images you’re posting. :-)

  • mgrigsby says:

    Out of focus foregrounds in any type of landscape image are difficult to pull off–either you really like them or don’t. I’m with Flo on this on and think the grasses really are a distraction. I would have gone a little higher and eliminated them all together and used the lake as the foreground and cropped really PANO with the lay of the the golf hole. The lighting is wonderful! I agree with Gordon about that little red flag popping out and grabbing attention. A very interesting image and if the clients like it then it is PERFECT :0)

  • JohnGalt says:

    Is this two separate holes? It appears the close bunker just past the grasses is on the edge of a fairway. Then up by the green the fairway to that hole looks to be coming in from the right. If it is I am not sure I like the perspective if you are trying to show off the course layout. It is giving a perspective that a golfer shouldn’t ever have. If it is one hole, then I hope to ^&** that I don’t find my ball over here in these grasses with a carry of at least 200yds over that lake. Ugh!!

    I tend to agree that there is too much grasses under either scenario.

    I love the other course shots.

  • Tim Gray says:

    Not one of my favourites. The first thought that hit me when I saw the image what that someone’s windblown hair had been included in the shot :)

  • admin says:

    Hi Everybody,

    Boy…if Gordon didn’t like this one it might seem like I had a really bad idea :). The interesting thing about this shot is that these grasses are at the top of a high hill…so while I agree the perspective seems forced the reality is that the camera is at eye level…the thing that’s so forced about this shot is that these traps and grasses are on another hole… this view has very little to do with how the course plays…and Steve is dead on… this isn’t a pano composite…its a full on fantasy hole…the composite is all about a space on the course that does not exist…..so my client will never see this unless of course they visit my blog…. I had an amazing time shooting this job…I fell in love with the central coast of California and I had a client that was perfect…they have beautiful properties and stayed out of my way and let me do my thing… Craig

  • peterhbaker says:

    Fantastic shot. I really enjoyed the perspective of being off of the beaten path. Almost like the view one has when sneaking a smoke..

    Anyways, I am interested to see everyone’s discussion on this shot. Mainly as I find this image more compelling then the other ones in this series. Now it is not to say I do not like the others, but I find myself spending more time looking and thinking about this one. I also really enjoyed the shot with the foreground that is out of focus.

    Makes me wonder why I am drawn to these shots over the other ones…

  • tonebytone says:

    Peter wrote: “Makes me wonder why I am drawn to these shots over the other ones…”

    So that got me thinking: these types of grass seed heads are so very graceful and feathery, that I just love them to death. I’ve tried and tried, unsuccessfully, to get at least one shot of them where I had the “right” f-stop to image them the way I want. But there’s always something (probably me!) that prevents me from fulfilling my vision for an image of these heads. Wind, wrong background that I can’t change, wrong f-stop, wrong lens, etc. I really cringe when I come back with images with these seed heads mostly out of focus, etc, lol. And so here’s Craig deliberately blurring them! You know, trying to shoot these is worse than trying to get the “right” pepper shot! Maybe I’ll just have to find some I can clip and bring inside – and then I can try every lens and f-stop and lighting without horrid backgrounds and wind. :-)


  • Alec says:

    I too actually like the shot but feel it needs more balance from top to bottom. Stretch the top up a bit Craig, see if it feels less forced.

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