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Contests, Critique Critique Request - Landscape - Composition

Please critique my work below. A higher res link will be provided for a short while here. I am decently new to shooting landscape work, having most of my inspiration come from Arizona Highways or ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Hueco‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

#1: Initial revision by user avatar Hueco‭ · 2020-06-25T16:50:51Z (over 2 years ago)
Please critique my work below. A higher res link will be provided for a short while [here](http://coreyharding.com/forRev/IMG_4237-1.JPG).

![Image alt text](https://photography.codidact.com/uploads/ExyyQYDDf3cNbNTfmzkPnaBE)

I am decently new to shooting landscape work, having most of my inspiration come from Arizona Highways or similar. 

The above shot used: 

 - Canon 60D w/ 16-35 f/4L focused at 28mm
 - Exposure: 30s at ISO 160 at f/11
 - Formatt-Hitech 100mm square filter system w/ Polarizer and ND (I forget the power used) 

It was processed in Adobe Lightroom.

The composition seems weak to me, now looking back on it. The waterfall is an area of interest while so too is the swirl created by the movement of the leaves floating in the water. But, I can't quite decide if they are working together or competing for interest. There is no foreground object per-se, so I'm almost wondering if I should have zoomed up to 35mm to get in tighter on the waterfall or should have framed a horizontal shot instead? 

Color and contrast, I think, turned out well. Everything is green up here in the PacNW USA, but the few trees that were turning early provide pleasant contrast to me.

I don't think f/11 hurt too bad (diffraction) - but would be keen to hear other's take on the overall sharpness of the image. 

Looking forward to the feedback!