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Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Alone at sunset

It was a difficult task - Hengifoss waterfall at sunset, Eastern Iceland. Maybe a pretty rare scene for Icelandic criteria.
I am interested in your opinion, how have I gotten through with a huge dynamic range and how do you like photography, since it is not the most ideal time of day to visit this big waterfall?

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Hi, Radisa. I must admit I'm having trouble liking this picture. The walls are big and brown. The sky is uniformly orange with barely any cloud. And the waterfall is tiny and simple. I think my favorite bit is the ice mixed in with the rocks, the contrast is nice. But like you said, overall it's a difficult scene to shoot. Ultimately I think it's too busy, too much info to process. It also feels very closed in and oppressive due to the point of view, with no read leading line.

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Thanks so much for your opinion!
Hengifoss is not exactly the most photogenic waterfall and unfortunately if I could come closer in order for potentially better composition seemed quite risky.

Francisco B's picture

Foreground feels cluttered. I think the busyness of the rocks and snow makes this challenging.

The charm of a shot thats set up like this is that you get a pathway effect to the subject, which would be the waterfall. I don't feel like the leading lines are strong enough. Again, I attribute that more to the busy foreground than anything. If there was a gravel path there it would obviously indicate the line a lot better.

I like the transition to reds in the background, although the sky could be more grabbing and should compliment the waterfall more as its the termination point of your shot.

Btw I love your profile page banner shot, that color toning is spectacular.

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Thanks a lot for comment Francisco!
Unfortunately before that place, all the tracks stop.
I'm sure there's a better composition, but I did not see it.

Jordan McChesney's picture

Overall, I like the colours and the exposure is great. It's hard to say since, I have no idea what the location looks like, but I feel like if you had taken a step or two to the left, and shot it as a vertical, it might have flowed a little better. I love the bottom part the and the waterfall but the brown wall on the top left isn't really doing it for me. I think you might be able to crop this one, from the left and it might look stronger. But that's just my opinion.

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

This weird red color is the trademark of this waterfall, and for vertical orientation I have to admit that I did not even think about it. Thanks a lot Jordan for your contribution, means a lot for me!

joseph cole's picture

hey Radisa i feel like this is salvageable i wouldn't give up on it entirely maybe a composite or a reframing maybe shifting some of the colors and contrast ...maybe something like this

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

I have to admit that your version for me looks better and more alive. Huge thanks Joseph! It seems that I did not have inspiration either when I photographed, nor when I was processing a photo :)