Looking Glass Waterfall

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  1. da9girl

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    I took these pictures a few months ago back when it was still cold in icy here. Please feel free to critique or whatever! any and all criticism is wanted ;)

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    hmm I really think that in this case the second, wider angled shot, works the best for this scene - though someone with a bit more experience for composition might have different views.
    With the ice gripping to hte side of the waterfall it makes and intersting shot with the white of the falling water. Personally I really would have liked to see smoky water here - to contrast the water from the ice more (smokey water being using a slower shutter speed to blurr the water - tripod being essential to getting this effect - and evening often the best time as it reduces the chances of getting too much light into the camera and overbrigtening the shot -- something to experiment with)
    Overall though I like the shots, especially as they appear to be shot closer to hte middle of the day. I think number 2 is the best as it show the whole picture, 1 and 3 seem to be missing something.
    Good shots and hope to see more!
     
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    Well, in my view, each frame/composition has its own merit.

    I like the 3rd one, which, in spite of being narrow, gives both intimacy and sense of depth & space.

    Do you have an histogram on your camera?
    I'd use it, and push the histogram to the right, as far as possible, just short of clipping the highlights.

    I, too, would have liked to see the water motion smeared, but in addition and not instead of these shots.
     
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    The last time I was there in October 07, the drought had a stranglehold on the watershed and it was a grey overcast day. Did you get to any of the many other waterfalls in the area? I take a week each October for my annual pilgrimage to be in the mountains. I'll be back in the Brevard area again this year.

    I went a little further down the creek. This is a 1second exposure.
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    Of your shots, I would've liked a longer shutter speed to 'cream' the water. I think the contrast of the ice formed and a silky waterfall might be nice.

    #1 & 2 are really blown out on the left and prefer the composition of #2.

    I think the foreground of #3 takes away from the fall.

    I don't mean to discourage, keep shooting and posting.

    I just noticed your in Hendersonville, so you should be able to have opportunities to get back there. I live in Raleigh.
     
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    i love that 1 second exposire one, i love the compostion with various points of intrest yet the main being the water
     
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    wow thanks so much for all the pointers i really appreciate it! i would have loved to do a longer shutter speed but my camera is a 35mm film so i'm kinda of in the dark as to how my picture is going to turn out with which shutter speed. i kinda have to guess lol. eventually i will have a digital and i'll be able to see the end result right away and play more with the shutter speed. but thanks again i really appreciate all the feedback!
     
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    what is a histogram? i doubt mine has it, since its a lil old school
     
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    For waterfalls and such where you want to have a longer exposure, get yourself a ND (Neutral Density) filter. They come in a variety of densities or partial stops. They do not change color but only block the light that is entering the lens.

    I wouldn't swear to this, but I think the histogram is exclusive to digital. There may be other accessories for film that will accomplish a similar feature. I dunno.
     
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    yah histogrames are on the ditigal cameras (almost dead certain that no film cameras have them)
    in future stick up what camera you shot your shots with - otherwise most people will assume they are digital shots ;) (I post up ISO, shutterspeed and apature (f no.) of the shot as well)
     
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    yea i realize now that probably would have been wise lol thanks.
     
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    Oooh I see. Well cool now i really cant wait to get one
     

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