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This is the backdrop to my sister's wedding in Broadbeach Queensland. I am trying to capture the tropical atmosphere of the area.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:18-200mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Nov 2012 - 4:39 PM
Focal Length:31mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.2
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Custom
Title:Waterfall
Username:sidestep sidestep
Uploaded:25 Jan 2013 - 11:27 PM
Tags:General, Photo journalism, Wildlife / nature
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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1612 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 4:44 PM

This looks like a charming spot, Lance, and quite a small waterfall and pond, judging by the size of the frog and flowers. It's a very pretty place and I'm not surprised that you wanted to capture it. I think I see fish in the pond, too.
Since the waterfall is your subject, it's a pity there wasn't more light playing on the water. Also, the water isn't very sharp, and this may have been your intention, but with a smaller aperture and faster shutter speed, the fall could have been in better focus. The water is the only thing moving in the image, and so you needed to freeze its action and have a larger depth of field.
You have placed the fall in the centre of your frame, whereas the waterfall would look better if off-centre. You probably wanted the two frogs in the frame for balance, but, generally, pictures with subjects directly in the centre tend to be more static and less interesting than pictures with off-center subject placement.
Two of the flowers in the foreground are burnt out, completely white with no detail. I notice that you used your flash, but it didn't reach the water on the fall, and has degraded these flowers. Perhaps it would have been better to avoid flash.
I see that you uploaded a version of this image in the main gallery and that you cropped the sides a bit. However, you cut off a bit of the frog on the left. Far better to crop the left more, and leave the right side as it is, as I have done in my modification. I adjusted levels slightly and brightened the whole image. I used the sharpen brush to put highlights into the falling water, then cloned out the part white flower on the left, and replaced the full white flower with a pink one. Now you have three nice pink flowers in the front. Just for fun, I did a second modification into which I put the lovely buddha, though not in its original spot. I am intrigued as to why the buddha was removedSad.
Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom859 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 12:08 PM

It's a perfectly good record, but fails to say tropical to me. To lift it you needed some dramatic lighting, or something, I'm at a loss what, to just add that impact and sparkle that makes people look.

Paul

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