Hey Don, nice shot. What a great place to take some photos.
Since you asked... there are a few things that aren't working for me.
The crop. The sky has a great color, but not much else going on, so some of it could go. There is too much boring foreground as well, some of it has to go. This shot is about the falls for me.
I'm guessing you did some work to pull the falls out of the shadows in post? It's looking a little overdone, or somehow not natural to me with the rest of lightning in the photo. Maybe it's a little blown out? Something needs some attention in there, again for me it's the focal point of the photo.
Do you know where your focus point was for this shot? I'm guessing somewhere pretty close?
But overall, crop it in and I think you've got a fine photo!
Wed 03-Sep-14 10:36 AM | edited Wed 03-Sep-14 10:46 AM by Rassie
This is a pretty scene. How one crops it is a matter of personal preference. I don't know all the rules of what makes a good landscape. What typically comes to mind in terms of elements of a landscape picture is fore-, middle-, and background. Your original has four such elements, foreground grass, then the trees, then the mountain and waterfall, and lastly the sky. These four elements are mostly the same size and I feel as if they all compete for attention.
The previous commenter suggested making this all about the waterfall, and he is correct - if one wants to show the waterfall as the main element then it needs more prominence versus the other elements. If however, one wants to show the waterfall within the larger setting in which it is found, such as a waterfall in a mountain which has a nice meadow and forest in front, then it's okay to show the entire scene with the waterfall just one of a number of elements that make up the whole.
Lastly, the light was quite harsh when you shot the picture. Softer light earlier or later in the day would make a big difference. Think about what's called the "golden hour" after sunrise or before sunset. Nothing you can do about that afterwards, however. A circular polarizer helps a lot to tame such harsh light.
Here's a different crop suggestion featuring more of the traditional three elements, foreground, middle and background with the meadow in front and the sky reduced to give them less prominence and focus the eye more on the interesting parts of the picture, i.e. the mountain with waterfall and forest in front.
The new version is great - a big improvement on the original. Now the trees and the mountain with its more prominent waterfall immediately capture the eye and one does not waste time looking at relatively featureless meadow and sky. Sometimes less is more, no?