Saturday, November 12, 2011

One subject 5 different ways


Often you go really far out of your way for a single subject. Or you devote your time to just one location. I find this can often happen with waterfalls. You can spend some decent travel time to get somewhere and then after you take a few photos you ask yourself, what else?
It's important to always try to reinvent yourself as your photography could go stale if you don't push yourself to work with what you've got!

Our subject for this post is Awosting Falls. You can find it in Minnewaska State Park, NY. Around 8$ admission (helps the parks system) and is really worth it in the Fall. If you know how to work the park there are tons of photographic opportunities.

Awosting falls is the most popular destination as it is a short walk from the parking lot and then down a long winding path. Some of the macro images from the previous post were shot here. As you approach the falls you can start to hear the roar of the water. Peaking your excitement as you begin to see through the trees what you only saw as a stream going over the edge atop at the trail head.
The photo above was trying to find a balance between the fall colors and the lines of the rocky shore. There is always a constant battle between how wide you should go to capture your subject and all you want to tell without losing its importance. I often tell people not to always go too wide for a shot. It can shrink the subject and diminish the importance of what your photographing. However if you are sure all the elements lead to your subject and only add to your subject go for it!

Getting close is something I often don't do for waterfalls. Especially tight sections like this. I really love the geological make up of the area and the fantastic texture of the rock face. I must have shot this fifteen times to try and nail the composition and pull in at least some of the Fall colors.

Foreground can often make or break an image. It gives the viewer a sense of depth  and makes the 2D print just that more meaningful.

Of course there is always an exception or counter point to that. I figure heck pixels are free why not try it while I have everything setup in front of me. Don't be afraid to take that click. 
A few quick notes on the image. Watch your white balance as on overcast days like this your AWB (auto white balance) is bound to produce a very cool effect. An effect that is not for many. I would push it over to cloudy, plus it boosts those fall colors. Also to note a polarizer is vital to taking off the silver reflections of the clouds and lastly in post I used a tonal contrast filter (from NIK) to sharpen and make the images pop just a bit more.

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