Both photos were taken at Anna Ruby Falls in North Georgia. They were taken a few minutes apart on the same day. Here's the first one.
|Anna Ruby Falls|
This is the classic shot taken at a wide 17mm focal length. If you Google Anna Ruby Falls you will find dozens of very similar photos of the falls. I took this to show that Anna Ruby Falls is actually twin waterfalls created by two separate streams- Curtis Creek and York Creek. It was a bright sunny day, and I had to take three shots at different exposures and combine them using HDR software to balance out the super bright and very dark areas.
I really don't care for this photo. There are too many rocks, logs and other stuff within the frame. Too much to look is a distraction and doesn't give the viewer a single place to look. When I look at it, my eyes wander around the photo looking at everything but not focusing on any one thing. It's not a pleasing photo.
|Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo da Vinci|
This second photo is much simpler, and in my opinion, more pleasing to look at. The tree in front of the falls gives the photo a feeling of depth that it wouldn't have if it was just the falls. There are only two things in this photo - the tree and the falls.
Simplification in my photography is something I want to keep working on. It's also called minimalist photography. Here's a good article that explains that better. Give it a try and see if your photos aren't better.