I recently went out to shoot a series of waterfall images in the Egmont National Park, here in New Zealand, after a period of very heavy rain.
The 2 images below are some from that shoot. I wanted to try the well used method of using a long exposure to blur the waterfall and river, a technique which is probably a bit like Marmite, you either like it or hate it.
I was using a Lee Big Stopper ND10 filter in order to increase the exposure time and thus blur the water.
Initially I liked the first image, but I came back to it a few days later and felt the blue cast to the shot was too much, it had been shot on a Cloudy White Balance as it was indeed cloudy on the day, and I knew the Lee Big Stopper had a slight blue colour cast, but when paired with a cloudy White Balance it would seem to be too strong. Lee recommend a custom White Balance temperature of around 10000K, so I reprocessed the shot only making changes to the White Balance, the rest of the processing was exactly the same.
I now feel the second attempt is a much more balanced image.
So don’t be afraid to return to an image you thought was good, and make it better.
Canon 5Dmk3, 24-105 f4, Manfrotto Tripod, Lee Big Stopper, Remote Release
24mm, f5, 72 seconds ISO 100