Pressed Landscapes – How Pressed is Pressed Enough?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Pressed Landscapes | 9 Comments

One of the most challenging aspects of the Pressed Landscape project is deciding how ‘pressed’ the landscape needs to be in order to qualify for the final eBook. By ‘pressed’ I’m not thinking of just simple telephoto focal length compression. No! My motto tends to be: why do something simple when you can make it challenging? I’m aiming for images with a unique combination of focal length compression and compositional suggestion…I want the resulting final image to look like you reached out with a giant book and WHAM! grabbed that landscape out of thin air like you would a beautiful butterfly. (Except no landscapes will be hurt in the making of this book.)

So, will this image make the eBook? Is it pressed enough? What do you think? Even if it doesn’t, I like the little surprise in the photo…Happy Halloween!

A surprise in the woods...Happy Halloween! ©Samantha Chrysanthou

A surprise in the woods…Happy Halloween! ©Samantha Chrysanthou

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  1. allain
    October 31, 2013

    very pressed photo especially with the halloween favorite in the back…Happy Holloween to you..

    Allain from New Brunswick.

  2. Keltie
    October 31, 2013

    Love the pix Sam! and the little feathered surprise! I can just imagine that tree done in light painting! :) Happy Boo Day!

  3. Fran Gallogly
    October 31, 2013

    This doesn’t feel pressed to me. I think it has some sense of depth.

  4. Spencer Dykstra
    October 31, 2013

    This seems like an appropriate compression, and worthy of consideration. While I agree with the above statement that there is a sense of depth, the defining feature is that the hills in the background have an unknown distance scale. They could be near or far. It leaves me imagining a broad valley leading to the hills beyond, having just enough context to be constructive. I believe that is exactly what a compressed landscape should do!

  5. Jane Chesebrough
    October 31, 2013

    Well, that was a hoot thinking about what compression means.You got me thinking on that one.

  6. Lynn Smith
    November 1, 2013

    Hi Sam! This post has caught my eye. I have been enjoying my long lens getting compressed images this fall. It has been a challenge maintaining composition, contras and light. Looking forward to your book!

  7. Marco
    November 2, 2013

    I like the photo!

  8. Samantha
    November 2, 2013

    Part of the challenge/fun of this project is going to be how pressed is enough…beyond just simple lens compression, there are definite compositional elements involved, including use of overlap. I’m looking forward to sharing images from this project with you all to see what your thoughts are — thanks for the feedback on this one!