Kassandra Shea's picture

Rambunctious Creek

A trip down into the Hollow resulted in these photo's. What is normally a 3' wide creek is now about 12' wide.

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joseph cole's picture

not bad on the longer exposure. you are getting some weird color saturation though in certain areas ...did you bump up the sat and vib too far? if it's still available you could get in tighter on that mini fall and get something nice out of it.

Kassandra Shea's picture

That photo was run through Topaz studio. This one is the cropped and otherwise un-edited version. Thanks for the critique!!

joseph cole's picture

the color definitely looks better here

Chris Jablonski's picture

Hi Kassandra! I agree with all that Joseph says. To continue the theme with the first image, I'd have tried hard to get lower, if possible, and not have any branches in front of the white water. If I couldn't, even though I'm a bit of a purist, I'd clone out the end of that branch. I've done exactly that on a print I made as a present. Your crop is an improvement compositionally.

I notice you've used a small aperture and your lowest available ISO, and the shutters speeds are still fairly short if you want smoothly blurred water. This is where a neutral density (black) filter comes into its own. I carry 3, 6, and 10-stop filters, and a polariser (which can make clear water look more limpid by reducing skylight reflections on it), for these purposes. I'd start with a 3-stop at least.

The second image is a bit "busy" for me, and might work better if the water were more blurred. Also, at the top, that beautiful lichen-covered branch is a bit lost against the busy background. It might work better if you could get higher and position it over the water.

And I'd suggest with post-processing you do things yourself, if you are using presets. I think I'd brighten the shadows for a start in the first image.

You say you're just starting out, and you're doing well. You have good ideas, good visual concepts and with practice it will all gel and produce good images more and more consistently.

Kassandra Shea's picture

Thank you Chris. I would have preferred to not have the branches but nearly impossible to get below them. Maybe I will bring a pruning pole with me next time. again thank you!

Alan Brown's picture

Hi Kassandra. In addition to the above my immediate impression with image #1 is that it is sloping to the right, making the waterfall look unnatural. I have included a quick edit which for me looks a bit more natural.
I think one of the key challenges in photography is to select subject that you can make work. there are so many shots that have to be given up on as there is some limiting factor preventing you to get the shot you desire (unless you carry pruning shears....).
I guarantee that you will start becoming more selective with the shots you take based on your increasing knowledge of restrictions. The fact that you are seeking out feedback and understanding of these challenges puts you in a good position for rapid growth.

Kassandra Shea's picture

Thank you Alan. words of wisdom always welcome here!

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

I agree with the previous notes.
IMO second image makes sense without a branch from above because water and flow have a beautiful texture and contrast, and that branch just draws attention. First photo would be great in a black and white maybe, and with some better work on framing.