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| p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Calf Creek Falls - How to shoot a waterfall? || |
You don't say what you don't like
1) light?.... 2) framing?... 3) focal length?...
What makes a photo really work depends on what you're after.
#2 would be better in different light
This was more of a closeup of another waterfall
both are at 17mm, 1.3 crop sensor, about 93% of original image, and it was the best I could do for my liking.
There are a few choices you can make like shooting without direct sunlight, excluding/limiting sky or darkening it by itself, using a long exposure of 2-10 seconds depending of what looks better in the picture, including the whole of a waterfall or just a part.
The really good shots come from "working an area" with a single lens or 2 and having a picture in your mind of what you want to get, and then you find it with position of tripod, framing, focal length. Sometimes it's going back a few times and sometimes it's just being there for as long as you feel you need to find the shot you have in your mind.
If you find someone else's picture from the area you like, or just waterfalls in general, find the couple of things that the picture has that yours doesn't, and that's a step in the right direction. The waterfall pictures I have seen that I like are usually shot with a wide-angle like 24mm on full-frame or thereabouts, and including the surrounding area while cutting out or limiting the sky (unless the sky is spectacular), done in low light where the greens come alive in the shade and the water has blur from 2+ second exposure -- that would be what I aim for if possible, but some waterfalls are more challenging to photograph than others, so maybe you have to try some ideas, leave and examine the photos at home and come back again and try something else, or improve on the last idea.