Hey Bucksnort. Great action shot! Although many "pros" don't like the misty water look, I love it (especially ocean shots). One hint for you when you shoot contrasting tones like this. When you first go to focus your camera, take a meter reading with the in-camera meter (if you are on Program or Auto this will not work) and read a middle-tone gray area when you go to take the shot. That way you will have a base to work from when setting your exposure compensation. Let me know what kind of camera you have and the settings you used to shoot this. I might be able to give you some ideas on where to set the compensation in order to lighten the bushes up a bit and still get the misty water look!
I lightened it up a bit in Photoshop. I didn't do anymore because it may have blown out the whites. It is a great shot though!! I'm glad you are going at it full-bore and learning!
WOW that made a big difference.I'm actually just starting to learn all this stuff,but I just recently got a digital camera (C2100UZ) and it is cool to be able to see the pics insted of having to wait untill they get developed.
Those long shutter water pics are so cool. It's why I bought my camera. For years I saw pics like that in my Missouri Conservationist magazine of streams and creeks of Missouri and I wanted to learn how to do it.
No tripod,just the image stabilization.One thing I learned is that I have to take a pic like this when it is not bright outside,or the slow shutter speed gathers to much light (even with the apature set up/down).