The Importance Of Hindsight

This piece is a continuation of yesterday’s trip to Shenandoah National Park. If you missed it you can read it here. In case you didn’t know, I love water. I am drawn to it so I love waterfalls. But here I decided to try to do something a bit different.

Golden Ragwort Waterfall

i was taking the more traditional waterfall picture (seen below) when I started thinking more about composition. I wanted to try something different than what I normally do. Then I spotted a small yellow flower clump growing in the spray of the falls. I leaned into the spray and moved my camera as close to the flowers as I could. The idea was to make them a focal anchor and have the waterfall be more of a background element. Unfortunately I couldn’t get quite close enough to the small flowers to fulfill my vision but I still like the resulting photograph, “Golden Ragwort Waterfall”. The rocks were angled in such a way that I couldn’t get much closer with my wide angle lens. Plus the spray was getting on my lens and I had to keep drying it off.  I walked away with wet feet, shirt, and camera.

Shenandoah Falls

“Shenandoah Falls” is the more traditional waterfall shot. This waterfall was running only because of the massive amount of rain the thunderstorms had dropped overnight. I like the first picture posted in this blog better. It has more originality and personality to it. In hindsight I wish I had paid more attention to the two rocks in the lower right corner. If they had any interesting lichen or patterns I should have gone in very tight on those rocks allowing the ultra wide angle to magnify the rocks and get the whole waterfall in behind them.

Never forget to analyze your images to see what makes them good or could have made them better. That is the only way to grow as an artist. If you simply edit, post, and forget about your images you will fail to get better. It is slightly embarrassing to admit that I think I flubbed a shot. But hindsight is always 20/20 and maybe the rocks wouldn’t have made a strong foreground element. But looking back on them in the image I wish I had paid more attention to them instead of going straight for the tried and true waterfall image.


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