Almost Gone

This image was taken from a kayak trip in early fall. This nearly submerged log in the deep shadows of the marsh caught my eye. It was the last tip of the log that looked to me to be on it’s last gasp before it was gone forever.

What technical feedback would you like if any?


What artistic feedback would you like if any?

Is this interesting and does it work in telling a story?

Pertinent technical details or techniques:

(If this is a composite, etc. please be honest with your techniques to help others learn)
Single exposure, ISO100, F11, 300mm, 2.0 seconds

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Hi Alan! I like this image and concept. Excellent details and reflection in the water, and the leaves help make the scene. I think a couple changes would make it even better. I would consider reducing the highlights as the white reflections on the wet log detract from the image. I would also tone down the yellows in the background to emphasis the main subject.


Thank you for taking the time to offer your comments. I agree with comment on toning down the yellows. I did not add any in post but they are a bit distracting. I will dodge the highlights on the log and see if they help improve the details.

A very interesting small scene, I like the graphic shape of the log, it has a lot of interesting diagonal lines and triangle shapes within it. I also like the contrast between the sharp angular lines on the log, and the soft OOF reflections of the foliage. This is a nice small scene.

Upon close inspection, I would agree with @Steve_Kennedy about burning down the highlights in the reflection, particularly in the ULC. I might also consider burning down or cloning away the two tan colored circular OOF reflections along the right frame edge.

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