Newbs first attempt at a waterfall, looking for advice

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by ndpuckhead, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. ndpuckhead macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2012
    I took this along the road to Pigeon Forge, it was my first attempt of photographing a waterfall. I didn't adjust the photo yet, the colors just don't look right to me, though. I used a ND .9 filter. I may have another chance tomorrow, so any advice/ suggestions will be appreciated. I had to take it from the other side of the road, so I could only do so much with the framing.

    Canon T31 EF S 17-85mm
    ISO 100, 53mm f/9 1.3s
    Evaluative Metering, White Balance set for clouds

    IMG_0949 by ndpuckhead, on Flickr
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Try a vertical composition, so that the waterfall fills the frame.
  3. ndpuckhead thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2012
  4. AoxomoxoA macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2010
    If you can adjust your white balance, you appear to have a bit of a pink/magenta cast. Very noticeable on the leaves and lightly noticeable on the water. Outside of that I think this is a VERY credible first time shot of 'silky water'.

    I personally might crop a little off of the left side, I think you gather a lot of 'messy' detail there to gain that little branch of water in the lower left, but that is an aesthetic choice to me.

    Maybe stop down a little more to get a little longer exposure, but this is all nitpicking... what you done is really pretty darn good.
  5. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....
    Me likey.... Nice job....
  6. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    it's a good attempt, but as posted, your WB is off, I don't know what App you are using for edits, but Aperture will adjust WB, exposure etc. On the whole, not a bad first attempt at all..:)
  7. ndpuckhead thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2012
    I adjusted the white balance. Thanks for the suggestions and compliments, this (M) mode is new to me, but I think I like it,lol.

    IMG_0949 by ndpuckhead, on Flickr
  8. davidinva macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA
    Nice photo. There is a difference of opinion on whether to blur falling water or to stop the action. It's personal preference.
  9. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
    It could be my macbook air, but if you're going for realistic colors I think you need to make the leaves more brown and adjust the vividness of the green grass. It looks surreal. Unless that's what you're going for, then it's pretty good.
  10. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    I have pictures from the Pigeon Forge/Townsend side of the Smoky Mountains that have the same hues as does the OP's pictures.
  11. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2005
    You don't need M mode for waterfalls; I find it best to use Tv and take shots with a variety of shutter speeds from about 1/15 sec to 1 sec to see which gives the effect I like best (obviously will depend on the speed of the water and how "silky" I want it to appear).

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