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Old Mar 4, 2012, 6:05 PM   #1
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I call this image "Obstruction", because of the way the water funnels gracefully through the gateway between two stones, only to run headlong into a third rock smack in the middle of the channel. I looked at this scene for several minutes before I took the shot, marveling at how much it reminded me of life. Like the stream, we float blissfully along, everything seems to be going just fine, then wham! We run into an obstruction, a delay, a setback. We all face these obstacles in life, some much more severe than others, but how we deal with them speaks volumes about us. Do we give up and let these impediments stop us? Do we sink into depression, or rant and vent our anger that some life event has set us back? Or do we, like this little stream, simply find a way around the obstacle, then regroup on the other side and move on? I think that's one of the many reasons that I love photographing nature - it holds so many life lessons for those willing to really see and learn...

Okay, enough of my penny-ante philosophy! ;D

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Personally, I would've use a slower shutter speed, and tried to shoot it from a different perspective.
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Personally, I would've use a slower shutter speed, and tried to shoot it from a different perspective.
personally, i chose this perspective and shutter speed because that's what i wanted...
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just because that's what you wanted doesn't necessarily make it a good shot.
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just because that's what you wanted doesn't necessarily make it a good shot.

We've been lucky uptil now not to have unconstructive critique on this site. It's a brilliant picture. Sharpen up! Watch the parking meter! If you really feel the urge there's a "Photo Critiques" section

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just because that's what you wanted doesn't necessarily make it a good shot.
nor does the fact that it's not what you would have done make it a bad one. get over yourself.
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I think this is one of those shots that would look great when printed more than life-size, something like 10 feet tall by 16 feet wide to cover an entire wall.Very refreshing. Nice shot!
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G'day mate

I really like this image - the composition & degrees of splash & general movement all work well for me.

Then I noticed a negative comment below your post ...
25-odd years ago as a camera club judge, I made a similar observation on an image presented in a monthly competition.

Afterwards the author come up to me and "politely" told me where to get off ... she had taken the image with her own set of criteria in mind, those criteria were met and I, as an observer of the final image had no right to severely criticise her efforts. She rightly told me that as judge, it was my task to review the image as presented, not to go off sideways and bring my own ideas into it ... unless I was asked to do so and I had not been asked to 'rescue' an image that was 'wrong'

We as observers need to respect that unless we're asked for cc "how to improve it" for the next time the author tries this style of image again, we need to take it as it's presented

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G'day mate

I really like this image - the composition & degrees of splash & general movement all work well for me.

Then I noticed a negative comment below your post ...
25-odd years ago as a camera club judge, I made a similar observation on an image presented in a monthly competition.

Afterwards the author come up to me and "politely" told me where to get off ... she had taken the image with her own set of criteria in mind, those criteria were met and I, as an observer of the final image had no right to severely criticise her efforts. She rightly told me that as judge, it was my task to review the image as presented, not to go off sideways and bring my own ideas into it ... unless I was asked to do so and I had not been asked to 'rescue' an image that was 'wrong'

We as observers need to respect that unless we're asked for cc "how to improve it" for the next time the author tries this style of image again, we need to take it as it's presented

Regards, Phil
thanks, Phil.

like most photographers, i compose images in a way that pleases me. i don't do it to please anyone else. i don't mind at all if someone offers a constructive critique with suggestions on how to improve an image technically, but having someone simply tell me that just because i like a composition doesn't mean it's any good adds nothing of value to the discussion, particularly since, from what i've seen of that poster's work, she isn't what i'd consider qualified to make judgments on composition in the first place. i've taken hundreds of images of this type, and this one, while far from my best from an artistic standpoint, offers an excellent visual representation of the commentary that accompanied it. not all photographs are intended as art, and some people obviously do not yet understand that.
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I don't think people should feel attacked if someone gives constructive criticism. Conversely I think people should deliver constructive criticism in a mannerly and helpful fashion.

I post on photo site to actively seek out constructive criticism. It helps see an image through other peoples eyes from an angle or perspective I might not otherwise think of. This helps me improve.


Regarding this particular image, exposure is bang on, giving gorgeous greens and browns.
It's really really sharp.
I prefer a lower perspective for these style of images but the perspective is not terrible. The reason I go for a low perspective is to get a view that is not what anyone walking by that seen, looking straight down would see, you are in the scene as opposed to above it.

I agree with previous comments that it would be a lot more appealing if the water was more blurred.

Nice image overall though.
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