Phrasikleia wrote in post #11909767
The white balance is way off, and that's making it difficult to appreciate the photo. I also agree with Cobra351 that the composition is quite busy. The eye kind of nervously flitters around looking for a place to call home. There are a lot of competing points of interest.
kit lens wrote in post #11916898
Wow, the CC is a little over-critical. Granted there is a WB issue between the shots.....but that can be somewhat corrected, and easily at that with a RAW file. Either way, they are both great shots IMO. They are both more or less shots of the landscaping, with no true subject.......but they work great
Some of the CC is regarding the title of the thread versus the actual pictures.....a little petty IMO. What I read is "long exposure waterfall". Before I opened the thread I just expected to see a long exposure shot with a waterfall in it. Griping about the thread title is a little rediculous.
Just my $.02.
That's confusing. I don't understand critiques that say "great shot" but don't provide a reason as to why they're great. Personally, because there is nothing for my eyes to lock onto, they wander around the image and then settle on the distracting bright spot of light just above the rock (second post). I'm just not sure what you're seeing that calls out 'great'. If you were to expand on that, maybe some of us, as well as the OP, could have a better understanding of just what you're seeing. To me, they're 'okay' shots that could be improved upon with some tweaks (and compositional adjustments to keep in mind for the next time). As far as other compositional issues go, whenever possible its best to not cut off any foreground element. In this case, the foreground rock in the second image is a clear example of what not to do. There is the possibility that it couldn't have been avoided and, if so, it is what it is. But the generally accepted rule is to include the entire element if at all possible...
I'm not criticizing you (this is all subjective anyway)...but I'd just like to see a basis for comments such as 'great shot'. There are some great shots that do get posted in this forum. OTOH, there are many others that are clearly in need of improvement, but yet you'll see a plethora of 'great shot' and 'beautiful' tossed in with no basis provided for that conclusion. Labeling everything 'great shot' doesn't really help an OP to improve (generally speaking...not directed at this particular OP). Just an opinion, FWIW...