Had you been standing right beside me when I took this shot at Panther Creek Falls, you would have seen that the first rendition taken was horizontal. For the most part, I’d say that a large majority of my compositions are horizontal in nature. Maybe it’s because that is representative to the way we see as humans – except for those rarities who have one eye on top of the other. :)

However, I think it’s important to point out that, a lot of times, the natural elements of your scene can give you hints in how to optimally compose your image.

After taking this image horizontally, I looked up and noticed that there are far stronger vertical lines than there were horizontal. Sure, by turning the camera 90 degrees, I’d lose some of the overall landscape, but I’d also gain more impact with what I was actually trying to convey in the striated waterfalls. So next time you’re out shooting, take a few moments to consider the best way to maximize impact with what you’re attempting to capture.

In terms of processing
This is a fairly simple one. It’s another two-exposure layer blend (one for the bright water and one for the darker landscape) that I masked together in Perfect Layers 2 by +onOne Software.

Stylization was also basic – the biggest change was the Blue effect that I masked onto the water and rock to help contrast it against the green and grey landscape.

Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1

My submission for #waterfallwednesday , curated by +Eric Leslie


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