Embrace obstacles to improve photo composition

By |2014-10-19T20:15:43+00:00Oct 19th, 2014|

Obstacles. They’re everywhere, aren’t they. In most cases, I usually do my damnedest to avoid them or remove them (either in real life or in post) but it’s not that often that I embrace them. And that’s the funny thing. When I do look for ways to include obstacles in creative ways, not only do I find myself really enjoy those photos more, I also find a nice byproduct of having those creative juices go into overdrive. So, when I found myself at Big Spring Creek Falls a few months ago with giant tree limbs threading all throughout my frame, I jumped at the chance to find a way to creatively embrace them. Sure, there were ways that I could have avoided or excluded them, but I really do prefer it this way.

I took this photo with my Sony A7r and the Sony 16mm Funkbuster: TNG Fisheye lens. Despite the crazy shift in light due to the sun deciding to poke out at the exact wrong time, I was able to get an even exposure thanks to my Formatt-Hitech 3-stop ND filter. I swear, that is one of the most versatile filters you can buy. I also found secure purchase in the rocky stream bed with my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod thanks to my spiked feet.


  1. Amy Heiden October 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Mmmmm waterfalls.

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