On Your Image’s Center Of Gravity

By |2012-09-25T09:23:54+00:00Sep 25th, 2012|

Here is another detail view taken at Elowah Falls this past weekend with +Brian Bonham. Low water flow levels coupled with a blah sky brought out the need to use a longer lens with hopes that I could find some interesting detail shots. I can only imagine how much stronger these falls will be in a few months from now and on into the winter season.

The original version of this image is actually inverted, though, so that the waterfall is hugging the left side of the frame. There was something about that, however, that didn’t sit well with me. It felt like the image’s center of gravity was off. I couldn’t place my finger on it specifically but have you ever gotten that sensation when looking at your image and it just feels off?

That’s what happened here, which is what prompted me to flip it horizontally. As soon as I did that, everything fell into place. There is something subliminally pleasing about having leading lines and elements cut from the upper left to the lower right of the frame. Maybe it stems from how we learn to read… not sure. But, I do know that this was a more favorable version – at least to me. :)

This is something that you should seriously consider and keep in mind when working on images that just don’t feel right.

Google Maps Location Info
45°36’46” N 121°59’38” W

In terms of processing
Very simple processing here. A small dose of Orton Hears A Who and some Tonal Contrast painted in. All within Perfect Effects 4, part of +onOne Software‘s Perfect Photo Suite 7.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

In album Landscape and Nature (1 photo)

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  1. Alex H. Astuhuaman Delgado September 25, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply


  2. juan alberto de la cruz September 25, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    just beautiful

  3. PAULA ANDREA ADASME CASTILLO September 25, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    beauty,, nice

  4. Kent Cristian September 25, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    wow ! :D

  5. sofi adusei September 25, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    pretty much like it 

  6. Avik Ghosh September 25, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    nice photoshop…..!!!!!!!!!

  7. Manuela Claudia L September 25, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Gorgeous image!

  8. Vijay jadhav September 25, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply


  9. Varalakshmi reddy September 25, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    nice image

  10. John Zaleski September 25, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Nicely processed. What you captured in your original shot is the Hydro-magnetic phenomena due to high iron content properties. Just kidding but likely some lens effect.

  11. abdelFattah Amalou September 25, 2012 at 9:43 am - Reply

    CASCADES….j'aime trop les cascades……….i love….**–abdf*—am*..

  12. subham basak September 25, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

    so nice.

  13. Kirk Mathew Gatzka September 25, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Appreciate you sharing your workflow, Thanks!

  14. Jay Taylor September 25, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Great tips Brian, thanks for sharing.

  15. Shelly Gunderson September 25, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Still lovely!  Great light!

  16. Rima Pangonyte September 26, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply


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