Episode 1: Amazon No.1

Hey there,

Welcome to the first episode in the series and today I’ll talk about my thought process behind the photo: Amazon No.1

There are a lot of videos out there explaining how to get to a certain look and I thought these series should be more about what I was thinking when I composed and took the shot. 

This is one of my favorite shot from my recent trip to the Peruvian Amazon.

It was on a morning after a heavy rain, everything was really still and the mist started to burn out.

I wanted to capture the essence of it, which for me was tranquility. 

Walking out on the dock I really liked how this one tree stood out from the rest. 

I started composing the shot so that the last thing the viewer sees is that tree.

The tree I liked

The tree I liked

It was pretty challenging since I had to work with such strong foreground elements and at the same time I didn’t want to keep them out of focus.

Here is what I came up with.

The boats are the foreground, the branches are mid ground and the tree line is background.

The three elements of this composition

The three elements of this composition

I kept the lines of the closest boats fairly parallel with the viewer so your eyes don’t wonder and I used one of the motor handle bar to guide the eyes outside the foreground into the mid ground towards the branches 

The branches are pointing up towards the tree line and the reflection in the water helps with the vertical lines even more.

Now we’re into the background and since there is a lot of negative space around the tree your eyes rests on it.

Guiding your eyes toward the tree

Guiding your eyes toward the tree

Here is the raw image and the color adjusted one and finally the black and white one.

On the black and white photo I boosted up the contrast between the branches and the mist just a little bit so that the branches pop more.

Raw photo

Raw photo

Color adjusted photo

Color adjusted photo

Black and white with booted contrast photo

Black and white with booted contrast photo

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