Michael Weatherford  

Jones Gap State  by Michael Weatherford

November 2019 - Jones Gap State

November 2019 - Michael Weatherford


About the Image(s)

Of all the photos I have in my collection, there are maybe a dozen stream shots. This is my favorite. This small stream flows into the Saluda River in Jones Gap State Park. The park is located in northern Greenville County, South Carolina, near the North Carolina state line. It was late morning, October 29, 2015. The sunlight was filtering through the autumn foliage. The ferns and moss on the rocks caught my eye. I got down low among the rocks to put them in the foreground, with the sun-drenched foliage in the back. I steadied the camera on a rock and shot at 1/15, f16, ISO1600 using a Pentax K-3 (APS-C sensor) with Pentax 20-40 zoom lens at 23mm. Processed in Lightroom to crop and bring out color and enhance sharpness. Finished in Topaz to do more of the same.

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8 comments posted

Mark Winter   Mark Winter

Really nice capture. I like the vertical composition, enhancing the depth. It's also nice that you got a lower angle, which really enhances the foreground. Well done.   Posted: 11/07/2019 11:49:10

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Amazing frame and no wonder why is it your favorite image.
I have nothing much to say except appreciate this image as-is.
Though not in your control, I wish there was a bit of Royal Blue sky beyond those trees in bg to improve the vibrance a bit.   Posted: 11/09/2019 21:14:21

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
I always like the images of a wood and water and you have done a nice job. I do like the boulders framing the stream leading you to the lighter part of the image. I really like that you have put the large boulders in the foreground. A nice touch and gives the viewer a real perspective of the scene.   Posted: 11/10/2019 05:39:21

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Beautiful capture here Michael. I really like the vertical veiw looking up stream along the river bed. The colors appear a bit more washed out from the original and not as bold. The original is darker and richer in colors and the moss on the rock in the one posted appears a bit washed out, where the original is richer in color. Wondering if they got reversed?

Your foreground is strong with the rocks and moss as the capture point and the point of view really draws they eyes upwards. I just recently learned in one of my Art Wolfe courses, when he shoots forest scenes, he doesn't shoot the sky. So something I am going to have to try as well. Here, the sky is so subtle, I don't feel it is a big deal. I wonder if using an ND filter or polarizer with a bit longer exposure 1/30 may have given you a bit more softness to the water.

  Posted: 11/10/2019 07:58:02

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
There is much to like with the image and I can see why it is a favorite. Normally the tree canopy would be too much and make the image feel top heavy but the fall colors make this composition work well. Also, you low angle of view adds a great deal of drama to the image so that was a good choice as well. The large rocks in the foreground and the leaves scattered about help to bring the viewer into the scene. I would suggest cropping out some of dark area in the lower left corner as it serves no purpose. I know you like faster shutter speeds for water but in this case it makes the water disappear. I slower shutter, would turn the water whiter and help to make it stand out. I also agree that these colors could be enriched and build the feeling of being in the forest. You also made a great choice to eliminate the sky. Forest images just look better without sky. Todd is correct about that technique--that Art Wolfe class paid off.

I do hope you have this hanging on a wall.   Posted: 11/11/2019 10:52:15

Michael, I'll join the chorus in praise of your autumn-stream image. Maybe my eye isn't tuned well enough, but as Todd mentioned, I didn't notice any difference between your "original" image and your submission. You said that you cropped the original, but the two images have the same borders. But apart from that, your submission is really well done with great colors, good camera positioning, and enviable DOF.   Posted: 11/11/2019 16:43:57

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
I must have sent the wrong original image. Here is the original. As you can see, I have a long way to go to get it right "in camera".   Posted: 11/12/2019 08:24:20

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
  Posted: 11/12/2019 08:27:55
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