I'm among the those who prefer "off the beaten path" locations for photographs. I like sharing scenes or sites viewers might not otherwise experience. That said, I also prefer my photographs not being compared with 100,000 photos of the same subject.
Which brings us to Forest Canyon Overlook on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).
RMNP welcome 4.6 million visitors in 2018. A lot of those folks marveled at the view from Forest Canyon Overlook (including our family). A good percentage of those tourists took photos.
Despite my misgivings, I'm sharing a few 2019 photos from Forest Canyon Overlook. It's part of my learning curve in landscape photography.
Terra Tomah Mountain is the focal point of the Forest Canyon Overlook. The first photo attempts to present the mountain as if it were rising from the forest. In the second, the canyon rim is in the foreground to accentuate the mountain's size and distance. Which creates the better image?
The second set of photos focus on rim rocks, using the mountains as a backdrop. I'm experimenting with 9x12 and 9x16 formats. Which creates a better sense of presence for the rocks?
As far as I can tell, the view from the northern edge of the overlook is the least photographed. Thus, the most challenging. In the first photo, I tried using the 9x16 format highlight the curves in the landscape. The second photo straightens the landscape curves, while adding the pond as a second focal point. Which photo do you prefer?