Exercise 103 – Alexandra Rodriguez

The photograph I have chosen was taken by National Geographic photographer Jiefel Wang.  I decided to choose this specific image because I first I love waterfalls and nature.  When I came across this photo, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the river flow that started at the bottom of the page and how when I followed it up, it led to the huge waterfall in the back.  The photographers use of the "telling a story" compositional technique was the best way to draw the viewers eye as well as using the "rule of thirds" by putting the end of the the stream on the right third of the frame.  Wang also uses the radial type of compositional technique by putting the waterfall in the center of the of the trees.  Another thing that makes the image so mesmerizing is how the flow of the waterfall itself was captured.  The photographer had to adjust the aperture and shutter speed to have been able to make the water look really smooth to the point where you can't even see the water droplets.  This continues all the way down to the bottom of the image at the end of the river flow because even there, the water and rocks still look smooth and almost fake in a way that still looks beautiful.

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Comments (2)

  1. National Geographic has some truly amazing photos. What drew me to your post was the brilliant white water that pulls my eyes to the center focal point. I like how it contrasts with the darker surroundings of the forest. Another thing I think, which helps to attract the viewers eye, is how the waterfall is framed and centered by the trees on either side.

  2. i liked how they choose to make the waterfall look more like a single white cloud, and with the high detail of the plant life around the waterfall it make you look deeply at photo

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