Crow Teepees: Preferences?

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What artistic feedback would you like if any

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I made these images at the annual Crow Fair in Montana last summer. I arrived with some preconceived images of the Native American dancers. I ended up with a couple of images that I liked but I’m gravitating towards including one of these two teepee images in my portfolio.

Image 1:

Image 2

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You came away with some nice abstract interpretations of the teepees here George. I like the “geometric” approach to composition here, with all the lines and angles. My preference is for the second image, I like the stronger contrast, the sense of depth created by the teepees receding into the distance, and I prefer the darker tonality of the sky (relative to image # 1). In the first image I like the arrangement of the teepees, but am not a fan of white/gray teepees against a bright white sky. As a result the second image feels more crisp and clean to me.

Very much like the diagonals here and the monochrome treatment makes this even stronger. This is attractive as any modern architecture photograph.

I prefer image 1. A few nits, The tied up rope on left side in back shadow has white halos around it, I would CAF delete the teepee stakes, the image has a illusion of floating and the stakes dont let me fly high enough. Finally, the two rope lines side by side are modern and the overall image is timelessness. I’d consider removing those two lines and see what that does for the image. These types of images are always at the edge of technically correct or artistic illusion, I don’t think you can have it both ways.


For me #1 is the clear choice. The graphics are wonderful and it’s simple composition makes it a strong image; the lines and angles are wonderful. Sure, would love to have a better tone in the sky, but this is a stronger image.

The second one has great value as well and agree the depth is excellent with the teepees extending off in to the distance. But overall, it’s a bit too busy to be impactful.

This image is better suited for the non-nature critique gallery, but not up to me. just fyi.