A few months ago, I had the distinct pleasure to spend the day with +Varina Patel and +Jay Patel – two staggeringly good photographers who I am lucky to call friends. While shooting around the waterfalls lining the Columbia River Gorge, Jay shared a straightforward and very effective tip that has since been affixed in the forefront of my mind.

At the time, I was framing up a wide shot of Horsetail Falls when Jay asked me to show him my comp. After seeing what I had summed up on my Live View display, he pointed out just how much dead space appeared in my frame. I instantly knew what he was referring to. Because so much of the scene contained bare rock, dark and brown in color, it sucked away all of the attention from the scene. His recommendation was to zoom in to a tighter frame and fill it with as much color as possible. Use the bright greens of the moss and foliage to my advantage.

I took this tip to heart when +Brian Bonham and I visited Fall Creek Falls this weekend as we headed down to Crater Lake. Sure, the entire waterfall was beautiful to look at, but it was surrounded by so much dead space. So, summoning my inner Jay, I zoomed in tighter and found a framing that containing a good amount of the waterfall and its tendrils along with a good amount of the green moss. Ultimately, I walked away with a shot that I was much more excited about editing and sharing.

So thank you, Jay, for the tip – it resonated a lot with me and I hope to pay it forward with all of you! :)

In terms of processing
Surprisingly, not much was done here. The water had a beautiful, shimmering blue quality to it. Normally I apply a slight amount of a Blue filter to flowing water, but that wasn’t done here. I did apply some Just Enough Darkness and Green Enhancer, along with my favorite Deep Forest Glow.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

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