Creative Cropping

February 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

MACHINE FALLS - BEING SELECTIVE

This waterfall has been on my to-do list since Christmas.  It was described, and correctly so, as being very majestic.  About a 60 foot drop to a shallow pool and then cascading over a 4-foot wall of rock.  I tried several compositions that included the entire falls.  Nothing seemed to work.  Most of the foliage in February in Tennessee has not bloomed yet so everything was brown and absent of leaves.  The surrounding foliage next to the falls was only a distraction.  So I zoomed in.

Another challenge was shooting at noon on a sunny and cloudless day.  Being selective in my composition, I eliminated what would have been blown highlights where the sun was hitting the water.  I'll be returning to this location to capture the entire falls when the surroundings are green and in bloom, and on a cloudy or overcast day and during the early or late golden hours.  That's a lot of variables to align but that's part of the enjoyment of shooting landscape.

 


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