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Silvio Zeder's picture

Autumn on it's way

Just a shot from a river in switzerland finding it's way down. Really fell in love with the symmetry of the streams in this long exposure. What do you think?

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Chris Jablonski's picture

The white falling water stands out especially well against the earthy colours and greens here, Silvio, and your composition appeals to me. I especially like the blurred submerged rocks visible in the foreground, something I love to capture myself at waterfalls.

I do wonder if your image is tilted clockwise a bit, looking at the surface of the pool feeding the main falls. This can be deceptive, so I may be quite wrong. However to me it looks more "right" rotated almost 3 degrees ACW. With no orienting feature like a sea horizon, I always use an aid in such images, as non-horizontal water surfaces look very disturbing to me.

Silvio Zeder's picture

Hi Chris

First of all thank you for the comment and the nice words. About the tilt: I tried different tilts on location already... This is the composition I came up with working best. I totally see your point, as the main subject is not perfectly straight, but somehow the picture did also not really work tilted more to the left side. Can't really explain why though... That's maybe the only thing about this image I'm not happy with. Still I like the mood as you also mentioned in the first part of your comment.

Chris Jablonski's picture

Just out of curiosity, since you do think about this issue, do you use an aid such as the camera's virtual horizon or a spirit level, Silvio? I discarded my spirit level when I joyfully discovered the VH on going digital, but have discovered that my Nikons' VHs have been quite inaccurate at times.(3 different DSLR models).

Silvio Zeder's picture

Normally I use the VH more for a first orientation. After that I like to do the shot without it, as I also had problems with my nikon VH and also because I think there are sometimes more interesting images made that are not straight on point.

Ralph Rackstraw's picture

Hi Silvio, I think it it is a great photo. To my eye it needs a little help in a few places to give it a bit more depth. Perhaps a couple of areas to brighten/warm, a little definition to some of the rocks. Just my 2c.

Chris Jablonski's picture

I like what you've done here, Ralph!

Silvio Zeder's picture

Hi Ralph. Looks good. I didn't do too much in post. In this situation here I liked the idea of doing as much as possible on location and leave it naturally. But this looks really good. Maybe I go back and do some little things to it now. Thanks for the input!