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    Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Thanks for the thoughtful and insightful posts Vaughn!
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    I almost mentioned you (but had forgotten your name, sorry) in another post somewhere as an example of someone working with the chaos of the woods/forest and capable of bringing some order out of it in the form of an image. You do it very well.
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    Much appreciated!!
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    Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Another thought would be to try burning in the sky to get it darker, but it doesn't look as natural?



    Just some of my thoughts.

    This is my favorite of all the options proposed so far. I think this is a time for “natural be damned” in terms of the sky. I would allow a tiny bit more “glow” just behind the dark rock that splits the waterfall to give it a bit more dimension but I prefer this approach.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Cropped slightly per your previous post for visual reference:



    A bit awkward to me, crowding the top of the falls. I will have to look at my print tonight to see where I cropped it exactly, but I gave it a bit of sky to breath. I like the idea of the sky being the "entry point" of the waterfall. Another thought would be to try burning in the sky to get it darker, but it doesn't look as natural?



    Just some of my thoughts.
    It is hard to shoot waterfalls. I have some digital waterfalls, one in IR of Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite that came out really well. Everything about this is good. The details, focus, sharpness, contrast, etc. Just the right amount of motion blur on the waterfall as well.

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    For your consideration: an interpretation more along the lines of the Hudson River Valley School of painting. Less literal, more... theatrical.
    Ken I like this crop, the only problem is it removes an area of high interest for me—that is—the pool at the bottom.
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    Ken I like this crop, the only problem is it removes an area of high interest for me—that is—the pool at the bottom.
    You're right

    On the other hand, sometimes we have to decide what are the principal subjects of the photo and how many we can render at the same time effectively and coherently.

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    One compositional tool that I am a fan off is "anchor points" in the corners. I am fairly certain I have read about this technique somewhere but I don't know if that's the proper name for it.

    A discussion point - should we strive to have one singular point of interest, with everything else in frame being subservient to it, or should we try to include multiple interest points that play off each other and allows the eye to wander and not immediately get drawn to the main subject?

    Note I don't think there is a correct answer here.
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    For me it is all tied together with light...that is the one subject for most of my work. Although I love getting the viewers' feet wet...LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    One compositional tool that I am a fan off is "anchor points" in the corners. I am fairly certain I have read about this technique somewhere but I don't know if that's the proper name for it.

    A discussion point - should we strive to have one singular point of interest, with everything else in frame being subservient to it, or should we try to include multiple interest points that play off each other and allows the eye to wander and not immediately get drawn to the main subject?

    Note I don't think there is a correct answer here.
    I agree. If there were answers to these questions, we'd have gotten bored a long time ago

    It's often the interplay and harmonies of several subjects which makes a photo enjoyable to the eye. That's why we have to decide what are the principal subjects of the photo and how many we can render before an elegant arrangement becomes... cluttered.

    That's one of the joys of doing a harmonious "near-far" composition: when it works, we get several views at the same time, blended together.
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