Deer Leap Falls
by: © William Doyle (8y expr.)
8.9
Overall
Rating
8
General
impression
8
Subject
of photo
7
Composition
& Perspective
10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
10
Depth
of field
9
Color &
Lighting
10
Focus
General
impression
William. I think this image was one that I would have taken as well. I understand in reading the background that you had some daunting conditions that may have limited your ability to move around in the scene. Below are some things you may wish to consider when shooting an image like this.
8/10
Subject
of photo
I think the subject of the image is worthy of interest and parts of it are executed well.
8/10
Composition
& perspective
I have a few issues with the composition. While the image is carried by the beauty of the waterfall and the soft feathering of the long exposure there are a few things that distract from the power of this image. I think if you're going to frame your image you are better off including an element on either side of the main image to focus the viewers eye there. In this case you have a tree trunk with a rather large branch that cuts a bit awkwardly across the frame from the frame margin left, to the middle of the frame margin top, and then right off the frame. If the tree wasn't there, there would be a natural frame to the waterfall created by the two rock formations on either side. But the single sided framing tends to create a path for the eye that takes it right off the top of the image and leaves no place for the eye to wander. Additionally the branch blocks your main subject. I don't think it helps in this case that your tree trunk on the left is not vertical.
7/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
I think you exposed this just fine. Using an f/32 aperture you were sure to slow the shutter speed down in those lighting conditions to ensure a nice smoothing effect both on the waterfall and the pool at the bottom. Also using a small aperture gave you a deeper apparent depth of field so that everything is in focus. I also like that you chose 100 Iso to minimize noise. Use of the 70/200 lens was good as well. Quite a flagship lens that one.
10/10
Depth
of field
good
10/10
Color &
Lighting
This is a black and white image so color is not an issue, however tonality is. I like the subtle monochromatic tonal transitions in the water juxtaposed against the crisp rocks that are very contrasty in comparison. The lighting is not dramatic but one would probably not expect it to be with as much cover as you may have had in the forest.
9/10
Focus
Looks sharp to me. .where it counts
10/10
Description
I wanted to get closer to this waterfall however, considering the depth of the snow and ice and the fact that I was alone in the forest, I decided against it. I thought,  see all >
I wanted to get closer to this waterfall however, considering the depth of the snow and ice and the fact that I was alone in the forest, I decided against it. I thought, by focusing on the lower portion of the falls, with it partially obscured that it would convey a sense of mystery and draw you in. It was unintentional, but the way water is flowing in the lower right hand corner also works as a leading line to draw you into the photograph.
Technical Details

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure time: 6 sec ,Manual ,Manual
F-stop: F32
ISO: 100
Focal length: 165.0 mm
White balance: As Shot
Exposure program: Manual
Metering mode: Partial
Date and time: 18 Mar 2017 08:07
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Original size: 4500px X 3000px
Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (Windows)
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Don Mace
20+ Years
United States
Nature
340 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
Most of the things here that I see you could improve on are related to composition. The composition here is not bad, but doesn't, I feel, provide the impact that another point of view might have given you.
2.
Consider trying to find another balancing object in the foreground to frame your subject (the waterfall). As it is the image, as beautiful as it is, feels off balance and weighted to the left somewhat.
3.
I think that as you said there is a natural leading line into the cove where the waterfall empties, but I feel like one needs to see more of the inside of that cove. Perhaps moving a little to your right would have provided you with a view that draws the eye deeper into the frame by allowing you to see deeper into the cove between the rock formations.
4.
The framing object (tree trunk and branch)on the left side might have worked had the tree trunk been a bit a bit more vertical, and the branch angled more upwards and not across the face of the waterfall. Even a one sided frame works if it is balanced. In this case the large branch, had it not fallen diagonally across the waterfall and then immediately off the page, but rather angled up, clear of the main subject and then perhaps across the top of the frame somewhat, would have created a viewing area that leads the eye directly into the frame rather than out of it.
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Don Mace
Experience: 20+ Years
I have been joyfully capturing images for over 35 years. My formative years were spent shooting 35mm film and/or slide transparencies. My workflow is now totally digital. I primarily shoot nature, scenic, landscapes, architectural, macro and, now and then, people. I am viscerally drawn to simp...
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