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By Abyss3  
A small falls inside a forest near a tea estate in Megamalai.

Tags: Nature Forest Water falls Wildlife and nature

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Dinky65 4 1 United States
12 Jan 2013 11:48AM
Very pretty water fall.Smile

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Sooty_1 6 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 1:41PM
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.

Ploughman 4 28 3 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 5:15PM
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.

Abyss3 4 6 India
13 Jan 2013 4:35PM
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!

paulbroad 9 123 1141 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 7:27PM
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.


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