Derek von Briesen
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Zane, the essence of the shot is right there!
I like this one the best. The "Story" is about the gorge and the gorge was of course carved by the river. I like the emphasis on the "sense of presense" of the river with the nice reflection and the red muddy water. My personal tastes would be to have maybe gone for a pano and included more on the right; the right ege of the cliff face divides the image in half... If the story is about the gorge/river, then the cliff face is a supporting element; that's why I would prefer to see more of the bigger gorge on the right. More of a 1/3 cliff face and 2/3 gorge maybe. Also, the contrast of the dark bush on the upper left pulls my eye pretty hard; that can be softened by not cropping quite so close to it (slightly more sky). But I still like the image and would love to be there!