|1/4 sec, f/22, ISO 200, 41mm (cropped sensor)|
The nice footbridge was also a barrier to getting to where I would like to have shot the falls - standing in the water about 20 feet from the base of the falls. I could have positioned my camera low near the surface of the water and used the flowing water as a nice leading line up to the falls. The day was cold, rainy and muddy - not worth climbing over the railing.
When the water falls vertically, a portrait (tall) aspect composition will often work best when shooting waterfalls. That's how I shot the first example. It shows the entire falls and the pool below. Another option is to zoom in to capture some of the details in the scene. In the second photo, I stood closer and used a horizontal crop to emphasize the three places where the water hits the rocks.
|1/3 sec, f/11, ISO 200, 28mm|
|1/4 sec, f/11, ISO 200 66mm|
When a photo is about contrast and shapes it can be a good candidate for black and white. When you take away the color it can draw the viewers attention to other parts of the photo. In this case that is the misty glowing water, the shapes or the water and rocks, and the contrast between the white water and the dark rocks.
|The third photo converted to B&W|