View Full Version : Help needed

11-12-2011, 10:04 AM
I was enjoying the walk in the valley up to the Tiffany falls and took this picture. I like the picture as a memory but it is missing something. Let me know how you think it could be improved. Thanks

11-12-2011, 01:36 PM
I'd say you "may" have chosen the wrong leading line in this composition. So for me, I ask the rhetorical question what is this shot about?
Your main leading line is the bridge and it takes up more than 1/3 of the image...but where does it lead? it leads to that same 1/3rd of the image....but the other 2/3rd is just kind of sitting there competing with the bridge imo, instead of complimenting the bridge. For me the more interesting line to follow may have been the stream in the center of the image

I think that's my take on this one. Anyone else?
Hope that may help.

Mad Aussie
11-12-2011, 05:08 PM
You obviously discovered HDR recently and are doing what most of us do at first ... remove all shadows which tends to turn the photo more towards image because our eyes know something isn't right. Some like it, some don't. I'm fussy about it these days, I like shadows to be part of the scene if they belong there.

It's a cool scene though and I can see why you chose to shoot it. Just not sure you stood in the right spot. The bridge is blocking so much and not really leading us anywhere significant. I like the view up the stream though. I think I'd have stood on the railing behind us here and only included a small amount of the bridge and way more stream.

Looks like you've cropped out the top a bit. Hiding a featureless sky perhaps? It feels a bit squashed to me, but perhaps necessary.

11-12-2011, 05:19 PM
You've already gotten some nice feedback I think. The scene looks wonderful and I can also totally see why you would photograph such a lovely scene. The barely perceptible shadows on the bridge lead me to believe that MA is correct and this is an HDR which is a little overdone. HDR done well should help us discover detail in the extremes of light and dark. By tone-balancing the whole image it feels "wrong".

11-15-2011, 09:49 PM
I appreciate your input on the picture on the bridge over powering the picture. The scene had too much in it to do what I wanted. I used tone mapping to bring up the detail due to poor lighting may have over done it. Look forward to doing this more to improve.

Thanks Brad