Fall color reflection – which photo is better?

In today’s post, I present two images I took one after the other in the same location. Which one do you like better? Today you get to be the judge. Add your comments below (no registration of any kind necessary).

Silken water reflects the gold colors of fall, South Fork Bishop Creek, Inyo National Forest, CA
Silken water reflects the gold colors of fall, South Fork Bishop Creek, Inyo National Forest, CA
Water pours over rocks, South Fork Bishop Creek, Inyo National Forest, CA
Water pours over rocks, South Fork Bishop Creek, Inyo National Forest, CA

I was photographing along Bishop Creek when I came across the scene in the first photo. I was attracted to the aesthetics of the small ripple in the creek, and thought it would make a strong foreground element. There were slight color reflections in the water, and I loved how the water poured over the top of the rocks. After taking the shot, I realized that my foreground element was strong enough to stand alone as more of an abstract. So I moved closer, recomposed, and took the second photo.

So, which is the better photo? Tell us which you like better and why in the comments below.

  • Nagarkot247

    I vote for photo #2. It is more abstract without the contextual features of the foreground shrubbery & background rocks. Reflected colors capture the essence of fall. Detail in water splash is crisper. Evokes an abstract image of immense bear claws.

  • KKC

    Hmmmm. I will go with #1. The 2nd photo makes me think of bears’ paws 🙂