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Cold Stream

By Lakeyw  
My second attempt at a meandering milky stream/river shot which I guess is still wanting in many aspects.

This was taken a few weeks ago in my native village. I hopped, slipped and clambered along the stream for almost an hour before I settled for this spot which still is a bit of a clutter.

Tripod used along with a circular polarizer. Shutter release cable that I had for my D40 didn't fit this body that I borrowed, so tripping done with the 2-sec self-timer.

Basic colour corrections and sharpening done in Adobe Lightroom.

Tags: Nature Winter Cold Water Stream Flow Alpine Landscape and travel Slow shuter

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
5 Mar 2013 6:42AM
I like it, sometimes these little windows of nature work just as well as sweeping landscapes and this is one of those. Lovely milky water, excellent colours and spot on exposure. Very nice indeed.


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Lakeyw 6 Bhutan
5 Mar 2013 8:57AM
Thanks a lot, Andy, for your kind wordsSmile


platzy 4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 9:01AM
Great exposure and detail, superb image.
ErictheViking 4 124 102 Scotland
5 Mar 2013 9:07AM
Hi Lakey
This is a really nice shot as Andy says above the colours are good and exposure looks good as well. Grin

From a critique point of view I like the action to be in the image rather than at the edge - you have nice flowing water in the foreground but it flows off the image I would have liked to see some still water framing the waterfall at the bottom edge of the image.
To achieve this you need to compose your image at a lower angle or zoom the lens out slightly more.

The twig in the immediate foreground appears out of focus again I would suggest making the foreground focus sharp and allowing this to soften as you move into the background. To get this effect select a single point of focus over the main foreground subject I would also use an aperture of f/11 - f/8 and reduce the ISO to 100.

Alternatively try using Shutter Priority (Tv) and set you speed to 5sec, this will keep the movement you have achieved then with ISO at 100 let the camera select the aperture.

I hope my suggestions have given you some ideas and you find the critique helpful

Eric Grin
paulbroad 9 123 1161 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 9:16AM
This is good of it's type. The milky water theme runs a close second to sunsets for being over done, so any attempt needs to be good to get past the first hurdle. This is. Correct exposure, nice colours and a simple satisfying composition. Well done.

iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 10:08AM
Good colours and exposure. This appears to be as a technically good image. You have used all the correct settings to achieve the smooth milky water effect. I personally find the two areas of falling water attractive.. In my view where this image falls short is in subject matter. It just is not a very attractive scene. All the twigs and orange bits clutter and spoil the picture. Two things you could do, a. clamber further on to a better waterfall, or b. slip about doing a bit of cleaning up before shooting. (if safe to do so)
Most landscape photos especially water falls result from longs walks and shooting at the right time of day to get good light
Good practise image
banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3680 Canada
5 Mar 2013 2:59PM
Its a nice shot. Your settings have worked well.

The comments above can be addressed by some cropping, making the shot a more panoramic image, and removing the areas whee the water exits. The rocks at the bottom are nice, so they can be moved up to suit the new format.

Ive uploaded a mod, and cloned out some twigs, and the fern on the bank behind. View large.

Hope this helps,


Lakeyw 6 Bhutan
6 Mar 2013 3:24PM
Thanks, Eric, Ian and Willie, for your elaborate feeback. I've made a copy of everything so that I remember the next time I get to clamber around fro more of such shots. Grin

Grateful to Paul and Platzy too. Smile
rajasekar 8 2 India
7 Mar 2013 1:56PM
Both the original and modified ones look great. However some crop like the one showed in the modified would've made it more crisp. But otherwise a lovely place and a lovely shot

Lakeyw 6 Bhutan
12 Mar 2013 10:09AM
Thanks, Raja Grin

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