He found my SECRET landscape photography location


hello hello everybody hope you’re all
doing really well today I’m down at a waterfall called Ammonite Falls it’s
just a gorgeous little falls not far from Nanaimo. Now who’s that I thought I
had this place to myself usually I have this place to myself but there seems to
be another photographer here I’ll zoom in and see who it is. Oh God
it’s that wanker photographer what’s his name Hardcastle he’s my arch-nemesis
he’s always moving in on my secret spots look at him pretty boy can’t stand that
guy and he’s a Yorkshireman to boot (laughing) I’m just waiting for Gavin to see if he
does another spectacular fall (screaming) see if I can up the viewership of my videos to have someone
tumbling down with a tripod flying all over the place. I think he’s contemplating Bit of a wuse actually
I think he’s scared hello everybody hope you’re all doing really
well Ammonite Falls running pretty good right now now ammonite Falls is
actually not very far from the city of Nanaimo which is on Vancouver Island and
like the last fall’s I photographed in the summer it’s pretty much dried up but
we’ve had a bit of rain and as you can see it’s it’s coming down pretty good
now I have been here a number of times but I’ve always had trouble finding a
good composition you know the falls looks really good but it’s it’s finding a
meaningful foreground there are a few rocks and such into foreground but I
might be able to use and the ferns are still looking pretty good so I might be
able to utilize those as well but the falls is definitely looking really nice
just a matter of finding a foreground that will draw the viewer into the frame
or into the photograph and that’s the hard part I try to find something that
relates to the background or or kind of brings you on a little kind of journey
through the frame so to speak so that’s the job I’m gonna have to do right now
we try and find out a half-decent foreground okay I think I found a composition that
I really like I have these ferns in the foreground these beautiful sword ferns
and there’s actually a little bit of full color I mean it’s pretty small but
it adds a little bit of color some yellow leaves there and then I have some
ferns at the bottom of the frame as well so it kind of really fills the frame and
in the background I have Ammonite Falls which is just gorgeous right now. Okay so
this is the composition that I have and I really quite like it I’ve tried to
fill the frame without all these sword ferns up here and I like these ones that
kind of jut in through the bottom there so that fills that that right side
really quite nicely and I probably darken this area here now I really like
a little bit of full colour that I have in the foreground as well just adds a
little bit more depth and a little bit more interest and then of course we have
the the waterfall in the background so you’ll notice that even though the
waterfall is the main subject it kind of takes the secondary role in this image
it’s not just a picture of a big waterfall it’s the environment around it
so I think this will work quite well the only thing that I don’t like and I’ll
just zoom in here is that right there that’s the ass of Gavin Hardcastle he’s
always getting in my shots that’s why I don’t like photographing with other
people it’s just so annoying okay now in last week’s video many of
you seem to enjoy the self critique so I think I I’m gonna do that again in this
video and kind of go over my successes and not so successful images now in this
particular day I only took two images so there’s not a lot to go over I’ll start
off with the first image here the composition I really like and as I said
in my explanation the waterfall really takes a secondary role in the in the
whole composition even though it’s somewhat the main subject I made it
quite small in the frame because I really wanted to show the environment
and the surroundings around the waterfall so as far as processing goes
what it did for this photograph is I did darken the edges considerably just to
draw your attention to the center of the photograph and then I lightened up the
the ferns at the bottom here because I really liked those because they kind of
point into the center of the frame and draw your eye into the center here the
the ferns on the on the right side here I also lightened quite a bit because I
find them just fascinating and there they have some beautiful texture and
color in there so I find them quite interesting the touch of color yellow
down here I brightened up a little bit too just to add a bit of depth and some
interest in in the bottom left hand side of the of the frame here you’ll also
notice that the brightest area in the whole image is the waterfall and that’s
where I want the viewers eye to go in an ideal world I would have preferred a
little bit more directional light but you know I I say that in in all of my
videos and I’m always harping on about the light but it’s true
any kind of directional light will certainly give your image a little bit
of depth and umph but you know we have to kind of make do with with what we have
and I think I did an okay job in this respect now I have to be honest with you
this isn’t my first time that I’ve approached this waterfall with this
composition and I’ll show you an image that I took back in 2012 now the first
thing you’ll notice about this photograph is that it’s very green
really saturated and that’s because I took it in June so the foliage is all
nice and fresh and this particular year there was quite a bit of rain in the
spring so the waterfall was looking really good as well the one thing you
will notice that’s quite different is that the waterfall was quite a bit
bigger in this frame even though the ferns are more or less the same size as
the last image so the photograph that I took recently was with a Nikon 16 to 35
millimeter and I had it racked out at 19 millimeters so very wide and that’s why
the waterfall is quite small in the frame now this image here I took with a
Canon 17 – 40 but I had it racked out to 38 millimeters so the narrower angle of
view and the longer focal length has really brought that background forward
and that’s why the waterfall looks so much larger in the frame there’s no
wrong or right way to approach a composition and there’s no perfect focal
length through each composition as far as focal lengths go I guess it really
boils down to how much dominance you want that background in your final
image and how much emphases you want on it so by using a longer focal length
i’ve brought more emphases to the waterfall whereas by using a wider lens
in the more recent image it’s put far less emphasis on the waterfall and more
on the ferns in the foreground so two different approaches like I said no
wrong or right way just two different ways to approach the same subject Oh it wasn’t balls deep after all was it? okay that’s dedication for you that’s
what you have to do if you want to be a real photographer Of course it’s the
deepest part of the whole stream not sure if I got a very good composition
well first of all I had quite a bit of moisture on my lens and of course I
didn’t bring a lens cloth with me but I know I looked white you can look
quite neat at least have a bit of white water in the foreground so kind of just
to add a little bit of interest nobody said getting shots was easy
or good shots and they’re not always that good either. Okay now this is the
other image that I took no this is the raw file I haven’t done anything to this
and it was a it was a location that both Gavin and I took turns in photographing
we had to wade right into the creek there and of course it was the deepest
part of the creek so I ended up taking my pants off to get in there. It will be
interested to see what Gavin comes up with and I’m sure I hope he’ll put his
version in the video or hopefully he’ll put it in so we can see what it looks
like but as far as my version goes I I don’t think it works first of all the
right-hand side here it just doesn’t look balanced to me there’s a lot of
mess up in the the left-hand corner here especially with the brown leaves and
it’s quite a bit more water flow on the right as compared to the the left here
and it just looks off balance to me you may have noticed that in the first
photograph I took the waterfall was somewhat blocked by branches and such
and it’s it’s the same here but it doesn’t work I almost feel like I wish
I’d moved over further to the to the right and I know that Gavin did so it
will be interesting to see what what he came up with okay the other thing that you may notice
and if i zoom in my focus was off by quite a bit actually
so another fail there but it happens sometimes if I don’t pay attention to
what I’m doing and in this case I obviously didn’t care enough about the
photograph to really put a lot of effort into it it it just doesn’t it just not
gonna work is it worth going back to try again I I think so I think if I did move
to the right I might better get something a little bit more decent and
pay more attention to what I’m doing with the focus you’ll also notice and
I’ve done this a number of times especially worldwide angles down here
when it’s not a huge deal but keep an eye on those corners and the outside of
the frame for tripod legs happens quite often sometimes it’s a little bit tricky
this particular image was very tricky to get in because this this rock here is a
slab is very slippery so it’s really hard to set the tripod up
so it wouldn’t keep sliding back towards me so I had to find little notches in
the rock to try and stabilize it so I ended up including a leg of the tripod
so just keep an eye out for things like that in your own photographs okay now
since we’re talking about things creeping into the frame I just thought
I’d bring up this photograph again maybe some of you noticed maybe some of you
didn’t notice thanks to David Fletcher in the comments for pointing this out
but if you look over to the right here of this image from last week’s video
you’ll notice that what seems to be a rock is it’s actually my backpack so big
fail there I ended up cloning it out because I didn’t have any other images
with the pack not in the frame so thanks David for pointing that out I really
appreciate it right so I had a little bit of drama a
little bit of tomfoolery action even had a little bit of photography in that
video before I leave you guys I just wanted to cover a couple of things
okay, Gavin Gavin Hardcastle for those of you that don’t know him he has
a YouTube channel he’s had it for quite a while actually but he’s just started
to put a bit more effort into it so good for you Gavin if you haven’t
seen his his videos they’re really funny and he’s very knowledgeable as well so
I’ll leave a link at the end of the video if you’re interested in watching
Gavin’s videos I highly recommend them and also they’re local so they have a lot of
interest for me as well my website I have a new website my old one actually it’s
not even that old I was having quite a few problems with it so I’ve gone over
to a different platform now my old website is a quiet light photo
adventures I haven’t transferred the domain name over yet so right now it’s
under adamgibbsphoto.com so if you’d like to go and visit it it’s still a
work in progress but the meat and potatoes are all all in there and if I
can try and keep up with it I’m gonna start putting all of the images that I
take from each of my videos so you get it you know so you can have a closer
look at them and lastly workshops I’m still offering workshops for 2019 I have
six they are filling up fast actually the Tonquin Valley workshop i only have
two spots left now if i do fill it i might offer another one i’m not sure yet
but there’s still a few spots left for Vancouver Island I have three workshops
in Port Renfrew this year or next year 2019 Hornby Island which is in
February I have a couple of spots left there and The Talus or the talon, Talus Lodge I have a number of spots available there
and actually if you sign up before the end of the month and I can give you a
10% discount because I need to get it signed up so that I can give the lodge
deposits as quickly as possible before they fill up with other guests so if you
are interested or thinking about it then that would be great if you can join me
for 2019 alright everybody thank you ever so much for watching I hope you
enjoyed it if you would like to see more content where I go over kind of the
images that I took for the day and kind of what I see see as mistakes or fails
be sure to leave a comment below and as always if you give me a thumbs up if you
enjoyed the video and if you like the content on my channel don’t forget to
subscribe thanks ever so much everybody and I’ll catch you next time okay bye

100 Replies to “He found my SECRET landscape photography location

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this video. As always, I learn from them, especially with the critiquing you give, what works and what doesn't in a given image. Hopefully, I'm becoming a better photographer because of them. As always, thank you!

  2. Your image review and discussion of composition is very valuable to your viewers and I hope you continue to do so. In this episode I particularly liked your analysis of the effect of focal length on the relationship of the background element to the foreground. Very insightful. Thanks much, Adam, and am always looking forward to the next one.

  3. That bloke gets every where Adam! Only just started to watch his videos as yeah he has a good sense of humour for a Yorkshireman haha. Oh and nice to get a mention even if it was for pointing fingers haha. Great work as usual mate, keep it up!

  4. I know it's not your fault that you were born south of Barnsley, but tha's gone too far callin' a Yorkshire lad a wanker

  5. I really appreciate the photo critique you give. Very helpful. Good luck on filling your workshops. Having attended two in 2018, I can attest that Tonquin Valley and Talus are excellent. Cheers

  6. Great video Adam. Enjoyed all the "fails." I think the critique model is good. I found this one particularly interesting because I also have a waterfall nearby that is challenging to photograph (fore/mid interest is absent). The use of a longer lens and including other elements is another option to consider. Thanks again – loved the backpack fail!

  7. Very funny โ€œ the arse of gavin hardcastle โ€œ not sure that would pass the David Attenborough test though … thought the 2012 version was slightly nicer , just because of the space at the top of the frame seems to give the water fall more room thus the composition seems a little nicer , although the 2012 version could pass for a jungle scene from Some angles where the 2018 version is a much truer to life representation of the real seasonal conditions… both really compelling images … ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Some humour added to this one – I think that you could easily clone Gavin out of that one photo ;).
    Appreciate your continued honesty in sharing your missteps as well.

  9. Another great video Adam. As for your feedback request I like when you mix in these types of videos where you go over your images and explain what you feel went well and the not so good. Love the bag left in the one shot; thank goodness for Photoshop! It's good to hear your perspective on things; helps us apply your experience to our own work in the future. Thanks again as always for sharing!

  10. Thank you for this! A lot of fun. Actually had a few good laughs in this one. Curses to Gavin's ass! lol PS: Your website looks great, too.

  11. Hi Adam, hahahaha, good stuff, thanks so much for sharing. Your eye for finding an image is second to none. โ€œAwesomeโ€

  12. I do like when you analyze your photos! The first one bothers me how very small the waterfall became. It just looks wrong…isn't there a way in Photoshop to scale it up to something resembling what it looked like?

  13. Nice touch of levity to the channel Adam ! lol. And I immediately got lost in that first image, an absolutely stunning, rich, naturescape. I loved your inclusion of the yellow foliage on the bottom left to fill up some of that negative space of water. I think it's an improvement of your previous shot.

  14. Really like the side-by-side comparison in the middle there – interesting to see the effect that the different focal lengths have. I must say I prefer the less saturated/wider/more recent shot.

  15. fun vid! I have watched his channel a few times, and he's very informative, but in a different way. I do enjoy your editorials on recent photo trips. Please let us know about the successes as well as the failures!

  16. Hi Adam. Great video as usual. Two points. First, you said that you only shot two frames, and in the second one not a real effort was used, that was a waste of energy. Second, in your second imagen, the โ€œnot effort oneโ€, I believe you try to put too much of the scene in one photo. My friendly critic.

  17. Great video Adam, enjoyed the bit of Tom foolery as well. In the first photo you showed, I was struck by the fact that, though the waterfall was the main subject, you dealt with it in such a way it wasn't really dominant in a way. Yet, in doing so, it created more interest in the fall for me. In the side by side comparison, with the older photo I felt as though I could be content standing right where the camera was and with the new photo, I wanted to go deeper, to explore. I wanted to get further into that scene and get closer to the waterfall. It was a magnifecent tension in the best possibe way. Great job. Thankm you again for all the content you provide. I am always learning from you.

  18. Hi Adam, many thanks for sharing. A suggestion: any chance you could do some videos about your fav 4×5 images discussing composition and technical aspects? This might mean more time at home rather than videos out in the field. No worries if not possible.

  19. I commented before that I really appreciate the self critiques. I learn a great deal from them and I don't really see others doing that on a regular basis. On the image with the ferns, I liked it a lot. I can't decide between the one with the long lens versus the new one. I really like those ferns. I think what I personally would like, would be the long lens but shot this time of year in the same spot and processed the same. As I said, I love those ferns and I think it would be even stronger if the falls appeared a little larger. Having said that, that was a wonderful shot. I really like the darker edges like the recent photo. Great video.

  20. Hilarious video Adam. Thanks for the laughs and some excellent photography thrown in. I was wondering where your focus was set for the image you got. Hyper focal distance or did you focus on the fern? Just curious as Iโ€™m always second guessing myself and end up taking many photos with different focus points. Thanks Adam!

  21. You are a Master in explaining about composition. I really enjoy when you share some of your knowledges. Thanks Adam!
    Btw, I donยดt know which photo you preferred most, but I preferred the version from 2012 in june a notch better. But I would be happy if I could get a shot of a waterfall like you did, but unfortunately there ainยดt any water at all outside my door.
    Beautiful Images in your new website on www.adamgibbsphoto.com

  22. One question, were you really able to get everything in focus without focus stacking on this one? I know you were stopped way down but the scene includes ferns right in front of the lens and the waterfall a great distance away. By the way, thought the Fall composition was far superior to the Spring.

  23. Hey Adam Great video and as usual a great location. It's interesting watching your methods and listening to your thoughts regarding what has and what hasn't worked and why. Loved your comedy bit including Gavin, your reaction was really funny and he's a funny guy anyway. His videos are brilliant – great photography with brilliant humour. These are good times for photographers. Now we have guys like you and Gavin on youtube (and the many others) to showcase your photography with individualism and humour. Such a brilliant way to learn or just enjoy when we're not out shooting ourselves. Before you YouTubers it was camera clubs – Seemed to be a group of introverted older men led by others who were perpetually obsessing over the rules – nothing else in the universe mattered. ๐Ÿ‘

  24. I tend to be a bit of a loner when I am out doing photography. That being said, if I had someone like Gavin making me laugh constantly, I would make an exception.

  25. Very entertaining this week and really enjoy your refreshing "real" commentary , so nice to see we're all human . So many "professionals" come across as snobbish and unapproachable , you come across as a "regular" guy and hope to one day participate in a workshop . Love the live view composition reviews as well . Saw the f18 fern to fall shot , no focus stacking ? Did you do any layer or luminosity masking in post or just sliders and dodge/burn , etc ? Thanks so much for sharing and look forward to years to come ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  26. I agree.. that Gauvin wanker dude is the worst. Doesn't even know when he's at Cape Scott or San Josef Bay. He'd probably spell San Josef Bay in correctly too. I did like the photos he took there though. You just keep him down Island Adam and I'll have the whole North Island to myself.

  27. Cracked me up! I loved the last image you shared, so much so I gasped. I laughed some more when you revealed the pack on the right side. Where I live, big trees, ferns and water are everywhere as well. I appreciate your images and methods very much; your inspiring deep forest photography gives me hope. Thanks also for the critique sessions! Keep it up.

  28. Spectacular images Adam. I like the tone and the choice of lens of the new image better than the first image from this location. Your nemesis is truly a hindrance….so funny though…I am sure you guys had a great time shooting together. Thanks for keeping us laughing and creating.

  29. Great video Adam. I really enjoyed the self-critique content and found this to be really helpful. One enhancement you might also like to include in future discussions is where you choose to focus. The first shot with the ferns in the foreground and the waterfall in the distance would have been a challenge to achieve front to back focus and I am interested in where you chose as your focus point.

  30. Well, this was absolutely fabtastic! Even with the struggles Adam, it wasnโ€™t all about the images. So funny! You both need to do a more of these. My two fav photographers! Well done chaps ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

  31. Love Gavin. You both were hilarious. Love the video. I do like going over your shots at the end, the good and the bad. Keep doing what you're doing. Thanks!!

  32. Lovely work Adam, love hearing you think out loud going over your images – and watching you messing about taking the images. Simply messing…

  33. Great video Adam. Love the humour. Loved the image even though I found it quite busy, it still worked. thanks for sharing!!

  34. Awesome stuff as always. Thanks for showing us that even the professionals are still amateurs some times (= Cheers my friend!

  35. Fantastic. Great to see you out there having fun with another photographer. I have a tendency to travel by myself most of the time. I forgot that it might actually be fun to go with others.

  36. Adam…..thank you for the video. Pardon my ignorance but what method did you use to darken the edges on the image? Dodge and burn or vignetting? I primarily use lightroom and am learning how to use dodge and burn – hence my curiosity. Thank you! Steve

  37. I know this is landscape photography but I can't think of a better place to put a naked women for foreground interest ! But I realize it's hard to carry one around to every waterfall you go to. Any how it's just me dreaming I guess ferns will have to do ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. What? Going to shoot waterfalls and not bringing a lens cloth? I need a full set of guest towels when I go haha! Love the video mate and those drone shots are really appreciated… I know the pain and concentration needed! Great personal critique. Nice and refreshing.

  39. These are so hilarious you guys… Well, I'm certainly glad your buddy introduced us to you, Adam. It's like watching a travelling comedy troup..
    Have I spelled troup wrong??!! Keep up the fine work. I wonder if the Brits have discovered your meticulous humour yet? ;).

  40. Adam, I liked seeing examples of what works and what doesn't . In your first photo, with the ferns, everything in the foreground looks pin sharp. I believe it was a half second exposure, was it so calm that the leaves weren't moving or did you have to blend multiple exposures?

  41. Omg I was watching gavins fall video earlier today and now you have it in your video as a pun. Hilarious. You guys are a great combo. Found your channel through his. Loving the content and information. Thank you

  42. I like the idea and your thinking out off the box. Yet the image looks somewhat unbalanced to me. The fall seems too tiny. And there's much dead space on the left.

  43. Love the narrative on your composition during the actual shoot and the post trip critique – more please! At least in Scotland I don't have to worry about Gavin appearing in my photographs….

  44. You guys crack me up! I swear, I would rather watch stuff like you guys put out than tv, any day. I enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks ever so much for sharing!!!

  45. Interesting video, I really like the new composition with the ferns – much more atmosphere like weโ€™re โ€˜peekingโ€™ into the scene. I wonder what focussing technique you would normally use to get such a prominent foreground feature sharp as well as the falls?

  46. Hey Adam, love the way you make stories for your photographs!
    Do you require permits or license for flying drones in the forest?
    You inspire me!

    Thanks =)

  47. Nicely done, Adam…enjoy the personal disection of the photographs, your thought process in how you composed it, etc…very interesting and informative….cheers!

  48. The honesty on your images is fantastic. Itโ€™s always good to self critical. Many Thanks for the outstanding work

  49. I like the more recent photo. I think the waterfall looks better when its smaller in the background. It has a way of bringing the eye into the image more so than the image with the larger waterfall. Also it might just be me but I love the darker, moodier light of the more recent image. I think it makes the intimate forest scene look much more private and interesting

  50. Cool video … loved the explanation over focal lengths with a real example of the effect 2 different lengths have on the final photo.

  51. Appreciate your honesty in the critique of the photos. Very helpful and nice to know that even awesome photographers make rookie mistakes, too. Thank you.

  52. Loved your video, in particular the ferns and waterfall, it really made me think about different compositions and getting away from the normal waterfall shot. Thank you .

  53. Love your channel. I once found a gorgeous field of poppies in England with a hill backdrop which I had spent weeks looking for. I posted a quick shot of it online but left out the exact location, I had so many photographers get angry I did not give them a grid reference to the field.

  54. "A Yorkshireman to boot" … sounds like an appropriate action. [Those unfamiliar with English history 1455 to 1487, check out: Wars of the Roses. I'm a part-time Lancastrian.]

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