This is the Glade Creek mill in Babcock State Park, West Virginia. Which composition do you like best and why? Comments on improving one or both also welcome. Looking at the post preview just now, I think that the first could be a bit brighter and the second could benefit from a tighter crop on the falls to eliminate most of the water-a 9x16 landscape maybe. Both were produced from five shots merged in Photomatix with additional processing in ViewNX 2.
Both shots-D7000, af-s 17-55@ 17mm ISO 200 and 640
Thank you, Mick for taking the time to comment. I tend to agree with your preference. The mill was actually the reason I traveled to this spot in the first place. The lack of a foreground element in the second is why I thought cropping closer to the waterfall would improve it. The crop would make the waterfall the clear foreground element. What do you think?
I agree the foreground rocks are just too over powering. I do however like something being there. The second one works better and the idea of cropping in is good but I think you went a little too far. Back off about half as much. Here is a crop I played with using the first image. I think it tones down the large rocks and make it a little more pleasing. See what you think.
This is the first I’ve browsed these forums in well over a year. Finally have the opportunity to get out and shoot next week and was checking out these forums for some inspiration. Seems I found it.
I will differ from the rest here in that I prefer the first image. I prefer the longer exposure here and its effect on the water. I also like that the water leads you from the mill out of the frame on the right. This image gives me many places to explore.
The second image is also nice, but it is clear that the mill is intended as the main subject, but my eye goes first to the water as it’s the brightest part of the image. I think this would benefit from a longer exposure as well.
That said I like them both. Were I to see them as post cards at the visitor center though I’d likely buy the first one.
Thanks Everyone for the feedback. I can always count on my fellow Nikonians for informed opinions and suggestions. I came up with this crop from another shot that I think is the best of both worlds. It has rocks and water in the foreground. I think it works better than both the other images. I also toned it down overall as the other images seemed a bit "overcooked" the more I looked at them. This one is a good representation of what I actually saw. Let me know what you think.
I have not yet consulted with the other nikonians. This is great. I liked your first image but almost not enough to comment. Now all of a sudden the waterwheel also become a strong feature. To me this is perfect. Thank you for this post.
Thank you, Scotty, for your input and taking the time to do an edit. I do plan to return to hopefully capture the scene with better light but I think my last edit has merit. Even though the light wasn't what is considered ideal I still think that your monochromatic version robs the scene of all it's life, most notably the aqua tint of the water in the foreground and the red of the water wheel.
I know it's all a matter of personal taste but to my eyes there isn't enough red in the wheel or aqua in the water. To be the main eye catching point the wheel needs to zing off the screen/paper. Maybe it's my screen but it loos a dull browny sort of red... And I don't see enough blue/green in the water.
However, it is a great subject and worth revisiting throughout the year and at different times of day... Oh what joys could be had in this one location...
I think your post #9 is the one to go with. You need something in the foreground to add depth and interest to the scene and the rocks serve that purpose. I think a good landscape should include a good part of what is around the main subject and you have also done that in #9. The shutter speed is spot on for smooth water.
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