In last week’s tip, I discussed the three filters that I regularly use in my photography, and for my critique I’ve chosen the above photo by Benjamin WIlliamson because it is a good example of the most common scene I use a filter on. As I mentioned in the video, I pretty much always use a polarizer when shooting forest, stream, and waterfall scenes. In Benjamin’s photo of a stream flowing through a small gorge, his use of a polarizer was key. It helped slow down the exposure, which gave the water a nice, silky look. It also reduced glare on the stream surface, making it darker where there wasn’t white water, which enhanced the look of the flowing stream. My guess is that it really helped bring out the green in the moss on the flat rock in the foreground which is covered by a thin layer of water – seeing this green color as opposed to the reflections of the white sky makes the photo much more appealing. Lastly, the polarizer helped saturate the colors on the hemlock needles in the forest.
The composition of the photo is strong as well. I like the rock in the foreground – it anchors the scene, and it’s shape points nicely into the frame. The stream itself also leads the viewer to the gorge and the green of the forest. Overall, it’s a beautiful, peaceful photo.
You can see more of Benjamin’s photography on his Flickr stream.
If you have any thoughts on his photo or my critique, please post them in the comments section below.
For having his photo selected, Benjamin will be receiving a copy of The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography. For a chance to win your own copy, check out this week’s assignment, Series Wrap-Up, and post your photos to our Flickr Group. I’ll be choosing a photo from this week’s assignment next Wednesday.
P.S. Here’s a look at what’s currently in the Flickr Group: