Barbara Gore  

Mountain Stream by Barbara Gore

July 2021 - Mountain Stream

About the Image(s)

Mountain Stream

This photo was taken last month at the Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a bright but overcast day with a touch of fog which is perfect for water photography. Because the location was nicely covered with trees and no specular light shining through, I was able to just use a polarizer and graduated filter to slow the water down. In photoshop minor modifications were made such as removal of dead branches, highlight adjustment, and color temp.

Canon 5D Mark IV
Lens 16-35 @ 23mm
Exposure 3.2 sec @ f/ll
Gitzo tripod and RRS ball head
NISI polarizing filter and medium graduated filter

13 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Barbara, nicely done. The day looks like the weather was perfect for shooting moving water. I really like the compostion of the falls leading toward the mist in the trees.   Posted: 07/03/2021 15:23:49
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thank you Richard. The conditions were definitely perfect for water shots.   Posted: 07/06/2021 13:26:40

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
There is little to even suggest changing in this image other than a possible technique question. I think the shutter speed worked well as it allowed the natural texture of the water to show through and I feel the colors look quite natural and not over saturated.

Now my question and suggestion. I see you used f11 to capture this shot. Thus you were counting on the hyper focal concept to obtain adequate depth of field. However (and this is not a complaint) there is a loss of detail in the leaves in the distant trees that is likely caused by wind and the slow shutter speed. So my question is, have you considered the idea of focus stacking? A scene like this could be done in three to four shots with the last shot having focus on the distant trees. There you could increase the shutter speed, freezing the leaves and then blend the images in PS. This would allow for sharpness throughout the scene.

Your thoughts??   Posted: 07/03/2021 16:09:19
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks for your feedback Larry. While I was taking this shot I did not think about stacking because it wasn't overly breezy and my main focus was the foreground and middle ground. I thought the fog/mist in the background would make the trees a bit blurry anyway so I focused my lens at hyperlocal distance using my depth of field app. I agree with your comment about stacking. If I had done it, the sharpness in the background would unify and tie the fore and middle ground together. Good suggestion..I guess I need to go back to the Smokies!
  Posted: 07/06/2021 13:51:32
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
You need an excuse to go back to the Smokies???
I thought just waking up was a valid excuse. . . :-)   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:27:40
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Haha no excuse need for any trip lol.   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:37:50

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
Having gone to the Smokies once or twice a year for a number of years now, I think you found a perfect day, perfect conditions (amount of water flow and fog), and a perfect spot from which to take this image. A lot of spots now need some "gardening." For me, the composition is well done with the water heading diagonally out of the image; the shutter speed is appropriate to add an artistic look while providing some texture; good choice of saturation level. Like Larry, as I look at the image it appears there may have been some wind so I agree with his suggestion to focus stack.   Posted: 07/05/2021 08:03:42
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thank you Michael. It was a great day for water photography. I only wish I had water boots so I could have gone in the middle of the stream. Looking closer at the image I agree about the stacking. Thanks for this feedback!   Posted: 07/06/2021 13:54:31

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
Nice image Barbara, you really nailed the water and the mist. I really like the composition. To my eye the foliage seems a little hot, particularly in the upper left quadrant and I find my eye being drawn to it. If this were my image, I would tone it down a little. The same thing for the moss on the shore on the right. The saturation level is good and not over saturated The image does not look particularly soft to me, there is some in the areas of mist but I think you would expect that.   Posted: 07/08/2021 23:30:52
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks for your feedback Bill. I did lighten the moss along the shore as I thought it needed to be a bit brighter. Looking back at my image I tried a radial filter to tone down the outer edges and I do like it a bit better. Thanks for the suggestion.
  Posted: 07/11/2021 18:58:59

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
A very beautiful picture, Barbara. I liked the diagonal lines of the river that give energy to the picture. The exposure is just enough to give a nice blur of the water stream.

I don't understand the use of a graduated filter since the top is the lightest part.

My only suggestion for improvement is to make a vignette to make more focus on the river.
  Posted: 07/10/2021 01:10:08
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks Arne. Typically I use the graduated filter to tone down the background however in this image I used the filter to tone down the foreground and use a slower shutter speed. I did add a radial filter to create more of a vignette effect. Thanks for the suggestion!   Posted: 07/11/2021 19:06:14

Miriam Dragosz   Miriam Dragosz
Great shot, Barbara. The shot really captures the feeling of the outdoors on a summer day. I really like it!   Posted: 07/16/2021 07:55:22


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