So as I am looking at the COTW's this thought stands out in my mind.
Category = composition. When you are looking at what is before you and before you push the shutter button What is it you are looking to capture? How can you capture it in a way that everyone can see what it is that is so awe inspiring that it made you want to take a picture of it.
When I go around and look at what is happening in life it almost looks like frames or pictures before me. My mind thinks "Oh that would make an awesome image!" I compose it before it ever ends up in my camera. Now - how do I do it though? Well, for me - I simply try to convey or take the image that most stands out. So (as an example our latest water project) when thinking of h2o there are so many things we can do with water - but what makes the water stand out in the image.
If you look at Amber's image - it is AMAZING to the 10th degree! I love it for several reasons. 1- the close up of the water droplets and clarity! 2- the way water can reflect and does. 3- the color vibrancy. When you look at her image there is no doubt that is about the WATER & Reflections. Very well executed!
With a waterfall you can also show some awesome images by choosing your camera settings carefully. A waterfall can look smooth - wistful - dreamy or it can look choppy and interesting all by your settings alone. I like both looks but tend to take the more detailed road. Here are my examples - feel free to share yours too:
|Exposure||0.003 sec (1/400)|
|Focal Length||60 mm|
|Exposure||0.002 sec (1/640)|
|Focal Length||60 mm|
|Focal Length||160 mm|
Some were as fast as 1/8000 sec.
You can go from smooth to the appearance of moving water just with settings. These are not macro images except maybe the first. But you can see how you can create a different look just by how you set to portray the "water".
Now of coarse I have subjects included and they are the primary or secondary of the images. You can use your surroundings to "frame" your subject and enhance them OR you can use them like I did with my daughter - to bring a different perspective to a normal subject often shot.
Ok... thanks for the long ramble. Now share your examples and feel free to ramble!
(PLEASE INCLUDE SETTINGS)