And here’s a re-imagining with suggestions from Eugene & J Fritz -
I dialed down the texture & clarity in the area above the waterline and cropped to include less rocks and trees. The bridge is just a hint in the background now. Thoughts?
Since everyone did such a great job with my kayak seclusion post, I thought I’d try some more watery goodness. This is the Tyler Forks river just below Wren Falls in northern Wisconsin. You can reach it by a series of muddy backroads or the North Country National Scenic Trail which runs from Vermont to North Dakota. Access to the falls is tricky - there are no platforms or manmade cuts for you to view them. No fences. If you fall in, well, you can see what your likely fate would be.
The river bends about 90 degrees here and goes around a giant island of rock (on the left) - through the narrow passage on the right you can see a brand new bridge over the river. It’s an incredible landscape and very, very loud. To get this shot I climbed down a slope and set up in a bunch of alder saplings on a spit of rock sticking out into the relatively calm swirl of water in the corner. The tripod is low to the ground and I held branches out of the way of the lens. The water is flowing right to left and upriver (in sight) are the falls themselves.
The power of this river is really incredible and something we don’t see often because humans like dams almost as much as beavers do. The Tyler Forks is largely left to itself and so it charges through the landscape unchallenged. What I was after here is a new view of the river (previously hard to do if not impossible since you couldn’t get to this side easily before the bridge). Although not many folks have photographed this river, so just about any image is a new view. I also wanted to showcase the tremendous force of the water itself.
So…on with the critique. Oh, if you want an unedited jpg to play with, let me know. I did quite a bit to this version.
I’ve played with this shot a bunch of times and I like what I’ve done, but am worried I dialed up the blue too much. There was open blue sky behind and above me that made a natural reflection, but I did have to hunt for the color and bring it out in post. Mostly it was overcast. Does the image speak to you? Is it interesting for itself and not just the story of getting it?
Is this a composite: No
LUMIX G VARIO 12-35/F2.8
29.0 mm (58.0 mm in 35mm)
f/9 | 1 sec | ISO 200
Lots of work in Lr - to - emphasize the texture and reflection in the water, bring up the luminance in the green channel, lower exposure in the sky, show the bridge a little more clearly, cropped to emphasize the water and I brought it into Ps to make a few overhanging twigs disappear.