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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    ASSIGNMENT DETAILS:

    Purpose: Someone by the name of Elizabeth needs a photo for a gospel tract that she is publishing.
    Request: A photo of a nice, picturesque waterfall which will be illustrating Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”
    Specifics: We’re going for beauty here. Waterfall can be in a natural or man-made environment as long as it gives the impression of beauty. The verse will overlay the image so “empty” space is not a problem, and a landscape-style photo is encouraged. Feel free to be creative; a beautiful fountain could work. Do not include people.
    Orientation: Horizontal. Will be cropped down even more to a widescreen format.
    Photo Specs: Shoot as high quality as possible, as it will be printed! RAW, preferably, or Large JPG. Edit however you like.
    How to Submit:
    1) Upload original or DNG files to this link.
    2) Attach JPGs less than 8MB in size in reply to this topic if you would like them to be critiqued.
    Remuneration: Anyone in “The Click” is eligible to receive $10 per chosen submission.
    Terms: Chosen submissions will be used exclusively for this project. You continue to retain full rights to your image.
    Deadline: Midnight Saturday, November 3, 2018 (or until this Topic is no longer highlighted as yellow).

    LEARN HOW:
    A video about how I shot this assignment and links to related training are at https://www.lenspiration.com/2018/10/looking-for-waterfalls/

    WATCH CRITIQUE:
    Photos submitted for this assignment will be critiqued in November’s live Photo Critique Webinar! https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-nov-13/

    Shoot and/or Submit

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    #34298

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Since my efforts of finding a local waterfall were foiled, even though it has been a very wet autumn, I suppose I’ll just have to submit this photo from my archives.

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    Eliana Franzenburg
    Participant

    @jamesstaddon Would it be ok if I made a “waterfall” with rocks and a hose? or would that look to fake.

    #34589

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Hey @elianafranzenburg, yes, give it a try! Keep things cropped in close, focused on details and shapes, depth and texture. I do not think it has to be “epic” in nature, just interesting to look at. I’ve never tried making my own waterfall with a hose, so I’d be very intrigued with what you are able to come up with! Maybe use outdoor cement stairs as a base to cover with rocks?

    #34656

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    I didn’t get a chance to shoot specifically for this assignment 🙁 , so I’ve just ended up pulling out some images from my portfolio. 🙂 So glad to be able to have the opportunity to try to help out others with my photography.

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    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Some more!

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    #34668

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    This is a waterfall I didn’t even know existed until I was looking around for this assignment!

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    #34674

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    And then this first picture is at a local park; the others I pulled from my archives 🙂

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    This is a waterfall I didn’t even know existed until I was looking around for this assignment!

    That is so awesome!

    Thank you @creative-click-photography and @bennett-family! We’ll see what Elizabeth likes. I think she’ll like at least one of these. 🙂

    #34691

    Ryan Madaris
    Participant

    Here are a few I’ve taken in the last few weeks…

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    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    I’m a little late, but here are a couple from my archives. I know some of you on these forums will recognize this waterfall from a certain CAPTURE workshop. 🙂

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Thank you all for your submissions! Two of these images were actually chosen, guys, so congratulations. Will announce the winners on the webinar tonight: https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-nov-13/

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    #34924

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Thank you, @rmadaris, for your photo of the waterfall! I really liked the uncluttered feel it has. And it worked beautifully for the panoramic ratio that we were needing.

    And thank you, @buddingphotographer! I decided to use two pictures of waterfalls in the tract. 🙂

    You both are now published photographers! Congratulations! And may your photos inspire the 1,300+ people receiving the tracts to read and take to heart the Scriptures and message presented in it.

    This is been a very exciting and fulfilling project!

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    Ryan Madaris
    Participant

    @jamesstaddon, thank you! I’m glad one of my photos is being used for God’s work.

    #34968

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Ok @bennett-family, since I didn’t get around to critiquing your waterfall pictures on the webinar, here are my written thoughts!

    Horseshoe 1 – Fantastic composition. Love the progression of blurred rock (foreground), dark rocks in front of the falls (middleground) and dazzling falls (background). Focus is soft; either from it being cropped considerably, camera shake or maybe because of a cheaper-quality lens? Regardless, it would be good to add some extra sharpening.

    Horseshoe 2 – I know this was shot for a more panoramic crop, so it’s good that there is a lot of extra space on the right. I thought maybe this just needed some editing to help make the photo pop, but, even cropped panoramically, the composition isn’t drawing me in for some reason. The fall colors in the background are great, which is what you really captured well in “Horseshoe 3”.

    Horseshoe 3 – This one isn’t submitted on the thread above, but it’s in the original files you sent. I think this is your best shot of that falls! It’s edited VERY well. It’s colorful in the proper balance, without it looking over-saturated. I maybe would crop the right and bottom off to help eliminate distractions and keep the focus on the beautiful textures in the waterfall against the pleasing colors beyond it.

    Horseshoe 4 – This is a nice close up shot. It’s more than just falling water. The rocks provide great contrast in line direction and luminosity value. It feels like an intentional composition. I’ve attached how I liked it being edited.

    Horseshoe 5 – I really want to like this image because it has all the elements of a good image. There are less distractions than in the other wide-angle shots. The falls on the right provide something for the eye to initially latch on to. Fall colors are sprinkled throughout. There’s even a rainbow on the left! But it just doesn’t have the feeling of “wow” for some reason. It’s probably the composition. I’ve photographed enough waterfalls to know it takes quite a bit of effort (and it’s sometimes even dangerous!) to get to good angles. And this looks like a fairly difficult spot to get to. But I’d have to be there to know what I would advice you do to make the composition pop. It could be, too, that it’s just the time of day and the light is fairly flat and high contrasty. Have to say, though, I’m sure you had fun on this photoshoot climbing around on wet rocks (and probably in wet socks?). I find VERY few people who are willing to endure the physical discomforts of landscape photography. 🙂

    Mixville 1 – Is the “effect” on this photo from lens flare? Sometimes lens flare can look really cool. For this situation though, I kinda feel it doesn’t work? I think I’d rather experience the texture of the rocks and falling water in this one, like you did in Horeshoe 4. It might be fun to hear the backstory of this shot though. 🙂

    Good work, Lydia. I hope the experience of trying to get good photos was as fun as (if not more so) getting some good shots. Much of the fun of flipping through a portfolio is reliving the experiences. 🙂

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