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Misty waterfall mono

Discussion in 'Appraisal Gallery' started by Helander, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Helander

    Helander Well-Known Member

    A fair walk to get to this location but I like a good walk.
    Was it worth it?
    All CC welcome.
    Thanks for looking.

  2. tonycro

    tonycro Well-Known Member

    fab shot :eek:)

    print it big !
  3. luisport

    luisport Well-Known Member

    Without dimming the merit of the posted shot, I am surprised the tinier falls to the right didn't grab your eye more than the central dividing one.
  4. Helander

    Helander Well-Known Member

    Yeah, they sure did catch my attention but this was as close as I could get due to the terrain. It would have been pointless getting any closer anyway as the high winds were circling the spray all around, the closer you got the worse it got. It was damn hard getting a shot without water droplets on the lens.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2013
  5. Cersei

    Cersei Well-Known Member

    It was worth it if you are happy with outcome and even if you are not I am sure you enjoyed the process. I would love it so much more without the central jet. It just feels cut off, with no proper beginning. I love the background though
  6. Helander

    Helander Well-Known Member

    Thanks but what do you mean with no proper beginning? :)
  7. Cersei

    Cersei Well-Known Member

    I meant it just starts nowhere in the photo. It's just a line in the middle. Your shot was behind the main jet
  8. Serge1975

    Serge1975 Well-Known Member

    Nice one! But as Luis mentioned - the best part of it is at the bottom right quarter :) Love the contrast between water and rocks there.
  9. Moggimus

    Moggimus Well-Known Member

    Stunning... I want to live where you do, the scenery is spectacular... I actually think the black spaces give more oomph to the smaller falls. The only thing I might be tempted to do is crop a bit off the left. But I love the exposure and overall feel of this photo. Brilliant.
  10. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    I have to agree with the others. The shot is in the bottom right corner of the frame - the central stream is a major distraction.

  11. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    great photo - love it

    whilst yes the point of interest is the bottom it needs the top to pull you in

    amazing photo, thanks for posting it
  12. mcgoo

    mcgoo Member

    I actually really like this even without the beginning of the central stream of water. The lighting behind the water is great.

  13. Cersei

    Cersei Well-Known Member

    you could crop bit of the top off, it maybe a great improvement. Try it out and see
  14. mnbarnett

    mnbarnett Member

    Moody and Mysterious, Love It!!!
  15. BikerMike

    BikerMike Well-Known Member

    Lovely shot, wonderfully atmospheric, well done. I understand why some are saying the better shot is in the smaller falls to the right - but you captured what you could, you did it well, and it's a pleasure to see it as it is.

    Knowing it's a waterfall is reassuring - for a moment I thought you had captured some heavenly body being beamed down to earth to punish mankind. :(

    Regards, Mike
  16. Helander

    Helander Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, some interesting replies.
    Here's where I'm at.
    Waterfall shots are tricky, for me at least. Getting the flows right by juggling aperture and iso was a trial and error process for the first few exposures. This was a 1/3rd of a second at f8.

    It's possibly not obvious without actually being there but the flows and column are roughly on the same plane with very little space behind the column and rock face so a shot of just the small flows would have been difficult.
    For me it needs the main flow to give context anyway......ie where has the water come from.
    One thing I learnt when doing waterfalls on a workshop was depending what you want to achieve it's not always important to shoot all of the fall. By not including the source it adds an element of mystery and removes any sense of scale. This fall could be 100 or 3ft tall, who knows but the photographer, it leaves the viewer guessing.
    If using all the fall from top to bottom it becomes another picture of a another waterfall which is not what I wanted to achieve. By removing the source I want the viewer to focus on the liquid flows, the motion, the contrasts between solid and liquid and how they interact with each other rather than view a picture of a waterfall.
    This all probably sounds like a load of carp but before the lens cap came off this is what I was attempting to achieve. :)

    Cheers folks.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2013
  17. Vivid Blue

    Vivid Blue Well-Known Member

    It's a very nice image Scott. I might have done it slightly different by loosing some of the left hand side, something like below, but then we all look at things in different ways

  18. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Great, but I agree there's probably a better shot on the right of the main column.
  19. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    do you not think a crop like that looses the impact of the blackness around the waterfall? whilst its ok to feature just the waterfall so much of the composition lost here ... but you say we all look at things differently
  20. Vivid Blue

    Vivid Blue Well-Known Member

    It does loose that blackness but it's the way I'd probably have taken it. The OP knows what he's doing though

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