I was traveling today between Quito and Lago Agrio in Ecuador in the rain forest. Saw this stream and wanted to try and take a pic with my new singh ray vari nd. Interesting this was that the place I went to to ask was a training area for fighting roosters (which is not legal in Ecuador). called Cock fighting. Anyway the grounds on the other side of this stream is that area.
I would like suggestions and critisizm on the pic. I am not sure I did too well on this and certain appreciate the help.
Dennis, greetings. You have a nice picture here with two distinct subjects. From what I gather, your interest is in the cock fighting location up top, but your mind's eye was drawn to the really nice river scene below. I call this serendipity. I would crop to make two pictures with the first cropping off most of the water, the second cropping off the house, but leave in some land.
The stream is very good but I find the background not pleasing at all. The broken branches rusted collapsed structure, to me, does not make pleasant viewing. I think that maybe you underplayed the saturation slightly? it suits the stream but not the top. Well done.
You have found a wonderful section of this stream to photograph. Like the others though the surrounding area clashes with it as does the debris in the lower right. I also think a lower perspective would have been better. Maybe even a different angle like moving 20+ feet to the right and shooting up stream a bit which would also get rid of the structure above. Aside from that it lacks a little contrast & color and could use a little adjustment to white balance as it is a little cool. If you live close go back and shoot some more you will learn a lot doing so.
I worked on this a little in Lightroom just to give an idea of what I meant above on the composition & post work.
Thanks Kent, AArt, Ken and Scott. I need to take you guys along with me. In answer to your questions Scott, I probably wont get back to that place in Ecuador soon, however I do get to the area about once a month and there are lots of those streams. I actually did take some picture upstream and have attached one.
Again thanks, all comments are greatly appreciated.