Wide open spaces.
That’s what I think about when the name Anson Williams and the word landscapes are thrown around, such as Cheri did for Photo 101 lesson 15.
Wait a second. Potsie Weber from “Happy Days” didn’t shoot great photographs of the world we live in. Make that Ansel Adams.
I knew I was scheduled to drive from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood up, up, up to Syracuse University, for a business meeting in the offices of Syracuse Public Media site waer.org.
They call that neighborhood The Hill. I knew it would hold potential for me and my iPhone 6 to find a scene for a landscape or two. My loose plan was to find a high spot and shoot down.
I settled my Chevy Cruze on the winding road of Thornden Park because finding on-street parking with students in session is a bear.
The Rose Garden caught my eye on the day when spring will officially begin some 20 minutes past 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Here in upstate New York, we’re still covered in snow. I must come back and show you all the robust garden this will be months from now. My dear wife Karen and I adore this spot. However, with the arches as a focal point, a true landscape shot by Cheri’s definition this does not make.
I worked an angle into these snow-covered steps, and cut out a sign that declared that it led to a pond. There were too many buildings in the background above to make it a landscape shot, so I headed sideways.
The natural bowl amphitheater shape is naturally breath-taking, as the snowflakes pick up in intensity. Take my word for it.
This line of pines provide a natural barrier of protection against the wind and snow. I placed it a third of the way into my frame.
But my favorite landscape photo of the session is also the one I chose to crop. I caught a guy walking his dog in one of the fields of Thornden Park. There was a football field off to their left and a fire hydrant to their right. He let the dog off its leash to run, and it sure did romp. I shot away. Looking at the results, I thought the best result was to take out the hydrant and most of the snow in the foreground and tuck the goalpost into the bottom left corner. I decided to leave much of the sky above, though.
Do you have a public rose garden that you like to visit, and have you ever checked out what it looks like before the growing season? Which of the non-cropped shots do you prefer, and why? What would you have done to the composition to the final photograph?