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Rocks at Trough House Bridge

By Bigpoolman
All feedback very welcome.
The idea was to use a long exposure to blur the leaves that were slowly circulating in the foreground pool. This was to demonstrate some movement in what was a very tranquil river section.
I used a tilt shift lens to get the whole scene in focus, some polarisation to reduce reflection, and a big stopper to achieve the shutter speed I wanted.
Processing was done in Lightroom and Photoshop.

The whole scene was a kaleidoscope of colour and this was an attempt to simplify it a bit.

Tags: Autumn Lakes Landscape and travel 2016 TroughHouseBridge

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
12 Jan 2017 9:57PM
This is a nice idea.

The focal point really, as you described it, is that pool with the swirling leaves.

So, I would crop this one also to focus attention on that nice swirl effect.


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2017 8:04AM
The swirling leaves, indeed, demand the attention, but is there overall interest? It becomes subjective and I must admit, I struggle. I'm not a pictorialist or landscape photographer, so tend to need something of interest clearly defined.

13 Jan 2017 5:25PM
Thanks both for comments, I've also tried a crop (see mod 2 above) which is slightly tighter than Willie's suggestion. Not sure what I think between the two really.
As for your point Paul, its a good question and I don't know the answer. The stream and the rocks were stunning and I think its a matter of simplifying it to get a good composition but where that is .. is another matter.
I have a few different shots from that visit and probably none quite hit the spot but I'm not sure why.. oh well.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
14 Jan 2017 11:47AM
Composition is the issue, I agree.

As they say on CSI, work the scene: try different angles, portrait and landscape: different lenses, too.

Here, I can see either a shot aimed lower, to take in all of the pool and little else, or a portrait format, with more at the bottom.

I wonder if it's partly about the lens - clearly it's a great bit of kit, and it's one I'm envious of. If i had one, and the necessary adaptor for my Alpha 7, I would use it a lot - and I might forget to look at other options. I'd be constantly on the lookout for how to use this amazing glass for everything. Like a new sports car that people want to use, and go through the commuter traffic and hte school run, instead of going for a blast down a country lane i nthe sun and the wind. Just a thought, based on my own tendencies when there's a new lens in the bag...

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