This image is one to come back to. I’m still in doubt whether to post in my Portfolio. It has the elements but at I post this blog, the negatives outweigh the positives.
This is what was in front of me when I turned around from the foot of Grisedale Tarn in the Eastern Fells of The Lake District. The horseshoe shape is without doubt a very strong point of interest and certainly holds attention. I framed the shot wanting the whole horseshoe in so had to use my 16-35 wide angle lens. It was important to have symmetry so I ensured there was equal space on either side. I chose a long exposure to smooth out the water and the moving clouds. I used a 10 stop ND filter which gave me a 20 second exposure. I was pleased I made that decision.
Where I begin to question whether or not the image is worthy of Portfolio stardom is the background. The light works well and pleased I made sure it was in focus having chosen to focus on that rather than the traditional foreground. The background element however is on the left and is unbalanced to the rest of the shot. Ideally I want the background in the top central third. Just imagine moving the whole background over so lies central above the U of the horseshoe. Much better right? Secondly, I am not keen on the white water in the streams as find these quite distracting. I want the viewers eye to calmly follow the bottom of the stream, leading up to the background light. There are too many obstacles in this journey.
Despite my doubts, it is a wonderful scene and the 10km hike to Grisedale Tarn was definitely worth it. I will return and attempt to improve this discovery. The landscape photography drug continues to drive me.