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Hardraw Force in Winter

By Bigpoolman
One of the iconic waterfalls in the Dales and it was cold with ice everywhere although that did not deter two brave souls from walking across the ice to get behind the falls.

I couldn't realistically get any closer on the left side of the falls and have cropped the picture somewhat.
TS lens and usual editing in LR and PS.

Any feedback very welcome.

Tags: Winter Dales Wensleydale Landscape and travel 2016 hardrawforce

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pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
20 Jan 2017 12:32AM
Hi, impressive waterfall.
I took a vertical piece off to reduce the sun lit area which drew a lot of attention and to leave a total fra,e that appears to be even more elongated now it is narrower.
20 Jan 2017 9:11AM
Thanks Pablo, thats interesting as I played around with the cropping quite a lot but didn't get to quite that narrow. I do like it, perhaps with a little more space to the left of the people.

Having looked at it properly for the first time in a few months I do wonder whether I should also get rid of the bit of daylight where the waterfall starts, I am now finding it distracting.

I will see what other comments I get and then have another go.

thanks again.

pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
20 Jan 2017 9:55AM
I pondered about it but I thought of keeping it, actually I would like to be able to see some more of the sky!
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
20 Jan 2017 11:02AM
I wonder that, too.

I'm a great fan of excuding sky in this kind of shot, but in this case, i wonder about a wider view, as well.

And, again, mono works. (I think.) Where the colour doesn't add mood, and there's a composition, it often works. This is monumental, and colour can trivialise.

I tend not to agree with the Eighties view that colourful clothes make a landscape. If the couple are there, though, I'd want them a bit further left, making a 'better' triangle with the line of the waterfall.

And I think there's a significant tilt to this, partly corrected in my mods. I'd like to see the full frame, to see if I can spot more options for cropping.
20 Jan 2017 7:38PM
Ive added the original uncropped version as a mod
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
21 Jan 2017 4:48PM
Thanks for the uncropped version. It is interesting in a few ways.

First, alternative crops, utterly different ones, such as I've just done.

Second, the trees at the top look pretty nicely vertical, so that my rotation earlier was not needed. It shows the effect of a strong diagonal in the image, I think.

And from that coverage, I want to go wider still, and have a bot more of the pool in view.

By comparison, your original upload looks a little bit cramped...
21 Jan 2017 8:30PM
Thanks, if I've gone in too much, its gotta be a first.

Not sure what I think on this one. I quite like all of the versions in some way but didn't like the clutter at the bottom left of the uncropped one.

Ideally I needed to be further right and a bit lower but given the ice, that wasn't going to happen that day!

I'll see what I can do next time I go back.

Thanks for all the comments

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
21 Jan 2017 8:48PM
There are always (alomost always) different things that all work.

So there can definitely be a number of crops that look equally good. all part of life's rich tapestry...

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