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Nikon D750 and Tamron 15-30 f/2.8
Main image-
1/4 sec
ISO 50
4 stop ND

Shot for highest of highlights- hand blended with Lumenzia.
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1/8 sec

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That’s magnificent how the sun rays light up the far wall, and the waterfall and stream are a lovely underpinning. Very nice. I do wish the bottom left corner held more interest, but I don’t see how you could have kept all the good stuff above without including it. Nice job leaving it darker so it doesn’t distract from the show above.

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Thanks, John!

I tried a few similar comps here. Ideally I was trying to get the falls closer to the 1/3 line of the frame… One was slightly lower and a few feet closer to the stream. The biggest issue I found doing that was it put the steam exit in an odd place or cut too much of the light out. I’m sure with a little more time, I could’ve figured out a way to get it. Thank you making the effort to look it over and provide good input.

This is great! My only suggestion would be to burn the rock wall in the upper right hand corner (while keeping the trees in front bright). I think that’d direct the focus even more to the waterfall/river/lit trees.

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Thanks for the input, Brent!

I’d not even thought of that… I’ll try it out and see what it’s like. Just to make sure I’m understanding you… The upper right where it’s bright and the round portion protrudes from the wall?


I recall you using the term “amateur” in a previous post. I’m here to tell you that I’m pretty sure you can stop referring to yourself as such… :shushing_face: :smiley: This is a finely crafted composition and I think processed beautifully.

The flow from the falls, thru the frame and including the wonderful light rays thru the mist just make for a wonderful flow. The rocky riverbed on the left and trees and mossy rock on the right complete the framing of the scene.

No nit picks really, although a couple of small suggestions that are just tweaks. Very, very minor, but if it were mine I would tone down the surface of the rock face along the lower left edge. Not a biggie, but I think because it’s on the edge it draws the eye a little.

I would also agree with Brent in burning down the rock wall area on the right. It’s not overexposed by any stretch, but I would treat it like creating a slight vignette just to help keep the eye in the frame. And just limited by personal choice… you have some leeway to perhaps play with color/saturation of the mossy greens on the right as well. Not necessary, especially given the direction of light, etc., but just a thought.

This is quite wonderful as presented btw. Excellent.


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A very fine image, Josh. I think opening up the shadow on the LL corner will make the transition nicer and I agree with Brent about burning (just a little) on the UR corner area.

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Wow… Thanks, Lon! Made my weekend.

I hoping to have a little time tomorrow to play around with your suggestions.

Thank you for the good info!

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Thank you, Adhika!

I’ll play around with that transition and the upper right, too.

Thank you for taking the time to give me feedback!

I went back in and did some minor tweaks based on all the feedback. I also did a few more small adjustments and like it better.

Thanks, everyone!

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The light sure is beautiful — both as it goes through the mist, but also as it strikes the river. The image has a really nice cinematic and almost painterly feel to it. I do wish that the waterfall wasn’t so close to the edge of the frame. My instinct tells me that if you would have taken a step to the right, it would have brought the river and the waterfall more in line, then you could have shifted the camera a bit to the left to give that side a bit more room. I don’t know what kind of other distractions you were working with though, but that is what’s going through my mind when I look at this beautiful scene.

Lovely, really well done. The shadowed area tales up a significant portion of the image, Yet it holds it’s own very nicely. For me, the middle sun drenched tree is the central point of focus.