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A small falls inside a forest near a tea estate in Megamalai.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-510
Lens:Olympus 14-42mm Lens
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Dec 2012 - 5:32 PM
Focal Length:15mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:On, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Falls
Username:Abyss3 Abyss3
Uploaded:12 Jan 2013 - 11:31 AM
Tags:Forest, Nature, Water falls, Wildlife / nature
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Dinky65
Dinky65  1 United States
12 Jan 2013 - 11:48 AM

Very pretty water fall.Smile

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41173 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 1:41 PM

Nice location, I just find the untidy rubble unnecessary along with the stray twig. It's lit we'll, though some of the green is a little bright, but otherwise pretty good. Not sure if you need the foreground shore, but may be better cropping into the falls a bit more.

Nick

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Ploughman
Ploughman  128 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 5:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Fantastic place for a photo shoot and you have done a good job. However I have a few suggestions but it is always personal choice and you may well not agree with me. Photography is always in the eye of the beholder.
I notice you have used a slow shutter speed to give a dreamy , fluffy look to the falling water. Photographers go for that slow shutter look almost every time they see fast moving water.
However, in this case I am confident the opposite would work well. Next time try a much faster shutter speed even though you will need to up the ISO considerably. This will give a different type of reflection in the water and the reflection of the falling water will probably respond well to a touch of dodging and localized sharpening. I would be tempted to crop a bit of the bottom and right side, then the vertical line of light the falling water and reflection creates would sit nicely on a third and enhance the composition.
A tip I was given many years ago, was, Fast shutter to freeze fast moving water will make it look full of action, slow moving water that looks dull can be saved with a very slow shutter speed.

Richard.

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Abyss3
Abyss3  1 India
13 Jan 2013 - 4:35 PM

Thanks everyone for the inputs.

Richard, I will keep in mind about the fast shutter the next time I am photographing a waterfall.
Having said that one other reason, apart from the dreamy looks, for using a slow shutter was because of the low light. The time was around 5:30 in the evening and it has already become a bit dark. This place is also secluded within a few rocks which brought down the available light further. So I anyway had to go for a slow shutter. This particlar shot was taken at 1/5 seconds handheld!

Ram

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 7:27 PM

You have a commendably sharp image for a hand held slow shutter speed. Nice scene of a fairly standard type. Not to say it's not good, but there is nothing to give it that bit of extra impact. Juzt a touch over exposed top and bottom. A little less exposure, then brighten the shadows.

Paul

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