Reflection at Mirror Lake, Part II

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Thanks again everyone for your feedback on the Mirror Lake image I submitted earlier. Here is another version, taken a step or two back, showing more sky but introducing leaves and branches that were located above where I was standing. I think I like this version better, although it does seem somewhat busy with leavves and branches.

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Do the leaves and branches take away from the reflection? Does this photo feel “open” enough and not too busy?

Technical Details

Nikon Z6, Nikon Z 14mm-30mm lens.
SS 1/320, f4.5, ISO 125

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It is always good to push the boundaries and think outside the box for our photography. I personally like your first post better as the dark branches are a little busy in this one and block me from enjoying the mountain in the BG. The one on the right occupies almost 1/4th of the frame. I am not trying to sound negative and this is just my opinion of course. The bottom line is do what you are happy with.

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I agree with @Ed_Lowe comments. I often love including overhanging trees and branches, but usually as a means to cover an uninteresting sky. Also a minor nit. There is a tiny vignette in the ULC.

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Thank you both for your additional comments. This is exactly the kind of feedback I am looking for. It’s always helpful and useful to hear the perspective of others looking at this photos with “fresh” eyes.

I’ll third that Richard. Great potential here, but I agree the branches steal a bit of the glory behind.