Nice setting Scottie. This is a scene where more then three shots would be required IMO. Any time I have the sun in the background like this I am at least shooting 5 if not 7 frames. The area around the sun would have really benefited with more. I may not use them all but the larger range is necessary to capture all the DR in this scene. I like the overall composition. The river nicely leads me through the scene to the sunset which is nicely placed in the upper golden third. Nice job on the processing & overall tone & color. I really like the light on the water. What kill this image for me is the tree on the right. If it had been a far less busy tree it might have worked nicely but this one is just messy looking. I am also not sure about the group of trees that keeps me from fully seeing down river. Not knowing what was to the right of the image but if there was access I probably would have tried this shot from about 30-50 feet to the right maybe using that fallen tree as a leading line from the foreground.
Scott, your're right about the requirement of more than three shots in this situation. Since posting it I've tried several different combinations of exposures and numbers of shots but haven't gotten anything I like better than this one yet. I have more experimenting to do. As far as the composition, I have to disagree with you on the tree. I placed it there as an anchor for the shot. Yes it has some branches that are a little crazy, which is characteristic of this type of tree, but I don't find it distracting at all. Now the group of trees in the middle made me stop and think, but whenever I look at the image my eyes pause at those little trees for a second and keep going down the river. Moving to the right 30-50 feet would put me in the water as this is where two rivers meet. If I go upstream that far the image changes totally and there would be more trees in the way. I thought of using the downed tree as a leading line but that would make said distracting tree even more prominant in the frame. Besides, with the icy bank I couldn't really get to it. This spot requires more exploration. I'll be returning to contemplate more and better ways to capture it. I like a challenge. Thanks for your honest critique. It's always appreciated.
I figured you placed it there as an anchor and that generally works well. I just wish it was a little cleaner looking, single trunk & less crazy branches and for it to actually frame the scene some. It's always hard to judge what is out side the frame. You might have to get in the water for this one! I do look forward to seeing more from this location, lots of possibility's here.
Scottie, this is somewhat succesful because I feel the cold and sense the movement with the water. I agree with Scott on framing suggestions as well as avoiding the clipping of the highlights in sky. Does the James make it all the way to your neck of the woods? I'd go back for more.
Hello, Kent. I guess "somewhat" is better than not at all. As I told Scott, the tree doesn't bother me, but I agree that the sky is too bright. I plan to keep tinkering with the shot to see if I can reign in those highlights. This is the confluence of the Maury and James Rivers near Glasgow which is about a fifteen to twenty minute drive for me, so yes the James runs right through mt county. I do plan to go back and see what esle I can come up with. Thanks as always.
As far as composition is concerned I find that most of the time I agree with Scott. This one is an exception though as I also feel that the tree is necessary an strengthens the picture. I like the rendering of the water but I am not too keen on the sky. Jean-luc
Hi Jean, Maybe I should have been more clear, sorry. I to like that there is a tree or anchor there, just not that tree. If the tree was say a nice large single trunk Oak or Maple with one overhead branch to frame the scene I feel the composition was look cleaner that's all. I look forward to more images from Scottie at this location.
Sat 09-Feb-13 06:33 AM | edited Sat 09-Feb-13 06:38 AM by geneluck
Yes, Scott, I now see now what you mean.I do not mind about the tree beeing a bit messy,but I agree that it being so much on the right, a stronger branch arching over to the top left would have provided a more balanced composition. Jean-luc