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#1 geedee

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 04:44 AM

Went for a walk in the woods looking to make use of the all too rare appearance of the sun hereabouts and came across this little waterfall just as the sun was setting... Where did I go wrong as it does not really work for me, even after messing about in PP to try and sort out the dynamic range issues of the sky and shaded area of the pool it still feels kinda  meh..  Not a total loss as I enjoyed being out there..(-:

 

F11  1/2sec  ISO 100  [email protected] 24mm.

 

  After initially posting had another look at it and converted to B&W to see if there was any improvement.. Whadayafink..?

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#2 Roderick

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:22 AM

Colour for me.  The b&w is a little flat.  You could try boosting the blue channel in the b&w to darken the sky a little.

The colour one has that nice yellow light on the trees which just turns into a white-out in the b&w.


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#3 David_MC

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:40 AM

The light in the color is very nice and the composition is good too. I think both could use a little more contrast they seem a little flat on my end.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 09:52 AM

The light in the color is very nice and the composition is good too. I think both could use a little more contrast they seem a little flat on my end.

+1. Color for me! Nice composition and shutter speed.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 10:12 AM

Speaking about the colour version: here's what I see that I think could improve the shot.  First, in terms of composition, I'd want to lower my camera and move it closer to the falls or zoom in more.  I'd say that you've captured too much background above the falls.  I'd compose the image with less but you could crop some out.  The star of the show is the falls and much of the background above them is kind of dead space.  It also looks to me like you're not quite focused - everything in the image seems slightly soft.  Finally and perhaps for an image of this sort, most importantly, is the question of dynamic range.  It is very hard to shoot an image such as this using only one exposure since a single exposure won't cover the entire dynamic range.  The most important part of the picture is the rushing water of the falls themselves and that is mostly blown out.  These kind of images generally need to be blended.  Sometimes you can get away with double processing a single raw file, which means making a virtual copy of a single file and then lowering the exposure in one and boosting it in the other and then blending the two.  However, bracketing two or more exposures in camera will typically give you the best results.  Cameras are getting better all the time and I wouldn't be surprised if sometime in the next five or six years someone comes out with a camera whose dynamic range possibilities will rival that of the human eye but for now even the best cameras simply can't compete.  I hope this is helpful.



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 10:20 AM

The light in the color is very nice and the composition is good too. I think both could use a little more contrast they seem a little flat on my end.

Agree with David. Nice scene that could be improved on with a bit of processing. 



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:21 PM

Thanks guys, David I think you are correct in that it looks a tad flat, Rod I messed about with the B&W to try to get more contrast, Kerry your comments are ever helpful, I cropped the trees out a bit in my second attempt at B&W think you are correct in that they are a distraction from the subject though I guess I got sucked in as the trees were lit by the decaying sun where the falls were in shade, had the tripod set up in the stream so again you may be correct in that there could also have been a measure of shake in the tripod.. John no argument from me re the advantages of some skilled PP just that I am somewhat limited in that area at the moment, however I hope to rectify that in time...(-:



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 11:36 AM

Color is better here.

 

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