The Eye of Kvernufoss
by: © Gregg Beukelman (4y expr.)
Hi Gregg! I really appreciate the effort you must have put forth to achieve this unique perspective! And it paid off with a spectacular image. I can feel the power of the waterfall working its way through this alcove and out into the landscape. In a challenging lighting situation, you made a very smart choice to leverage digital capabilities and blend multiple exposures. Excellent job creating a strong composition of what certainly appears to be a magical place!
Even though you suggested you were overwhelmed by the scene, you have done a wonderful job filling the frame with the most important features. There isn't anything extraneous - everything looks intentionally placed/included.
I enjoy the "behind the falls" perspective, as its one we typically see less often. You have effectively placed the waterfall off center and used the surrounding walls as visual anchors to keep the viewers attention within the frame. You have included a distinct foreground (rocks on the bottom left and the alcove), mid-ground (the hills), and a background (the cloudy sky) - all of which together create depth. In addition, the line of the creek serves to pull the viewer into the frame deeper.
Use of camera,
Because of the high contrast in the scene, recording multiple exposures and blending them in post-processing was a smart choice! I appreciate the preservation of contrast within the blended image (too often, blended images lack contrast because of the expanded tonal range). In this photo, though, there might be just a little too much contrast. A small part of the sky is blown out/over-exposed. In addition, I'd like to see more details/textures in the underexposed blacks (especially on the right hand side).
The white balance looks spot on.
To convey more depth and separation between foreground and mid-ground, I'd recommend darkening the mid-tones in the alcove a little (while retaining the same amount of light in the hills outside of the alcove). Right now, the two light levels are fairly uniform and therefore, the landscape looks a little flat in this two dimensional form. Creating differences in tones can help create more dimension in this frame.
Excellent job maintaining sharp focus and an extensive depth of field throughout the frame.
The unique beauty of this waterfall as seen from behind. Nature rarely gives me such an opportunity and I was overwhelmed by the whole scene. I was particularly drawn by see all >
The unique beauty of this waterfall as seen from behind. Nature rarely gives me such an opportunity and I was overwhelmed by the whole scene. I was particularly drawn by the colors along the sides of the alcove as sunlight hit them. To present this image I used several exposures and blended them.
Lens: Super-Wide: < 20mm
Date and time: 30 Nov -0001 00:00
Original size: 1920px X 1314px
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How to improve your photo
Reduce the contrast in the photo. Specifically, reduce the brightness of the whites/highlights and increase the brightness of the blacks/shadows.
When working with multiple exposures in the field, ensure your range of bracketed images contains details and proper exposure in the whites, blacks, and mid-tones.
In preparing the final image, consider how light/shadow and different tonal values play together to help create depth in an image.
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