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#1 Kerry Gordon

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 06:21 PM

This shot was taken as I was exiting a week-long canoe trip in Algonquin Park (Ontario) with a group of friends back in October.  We were all a bit tired but I saw these little falls as we hiked along a portage.  I asked everyone if it would be okay if they hung around while I set up my camera and took some shots.  They gave me the nod.  But I felt under pressure because, after all, they were all waiting around for me.  So, I got everything set up and then got really flustered.  First, I had to take multiple shots to account for the extreme dynamic range between the sky and the dark areas below but at the same time I was using ND filters to try and get the water just so.  The math was hurting my brain so I just said to hell with it and shot as many frames and combinations as I could and reckoned I’d figure it out when I got back home.  It took me almost an hour to get everything, all the while wondering when my canoeing buddies were going to come at me with the blunt end of a paddle.  They didn’t and I eventually got everything packed up and we were on our way.  But the best part of the story is that when I got back home and looked at the shots I realized that the sun was out only in the first five shots I took.  That meant that there had been a window of about five minutes.  All those other shots I took and the time I took to take them was mostly a waste of time.  It made me realize that no matter how much preparation I make, there is always an element of plain old luck and timing.  And also that maybe I don’t need to make things more complicated than they need to be.

 

The image is composed of four blended frames – one for the sky and one for the foreground and then I used two others, one just for the extreme highlights on the water, which in all but one shot, were blown out and one for the curl of the water as it comes down in the bottom left of the frame.  It was actually a very easy blend.  It’s nice in these kinds of shots to be able to mix and match from different frames and, as in this image, take the way the water is roiling from one and add it to where in the other frame it was a lot less interesting.  EXIF: Fujifilm X-T1, 35mm, ISO 200, f/16 and 1/125 sec for the sky, ¼ sec for the bulk of the foreground and 1/15 sec and 1/8 sec for bits and pieces.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 07:08 PM

Hi Kerry
What a great story...sharing your experience of in-field mental gyrations, only to find out later what really mattered (5 minutes!) I get flustered even without friends present!
The blending of images is pretty interesting too. The clarity of the boulders is just fantastic, along with the contrasty, turbulent water. I’m glad you got the shots.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:36 AM

I love the perspective from the camera.  You really have a knack for the landscapes Kerry; beautiful!


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 06:52 AM

Another cracker Terry.....Not having the skill to fully understand your PP processes it would be interesting to have been able to view the same scene captured with average metering as captured by the camera to even better appreciate your PP skills. Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 09:26 AM

Very cool perspective, I like it!



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 09:35 AM

Hi Kerry
What a great story...sharing your experience of in-field mental gyrations, only to find out later what really mattered (5 minutes!) I get flustered even without friends present!
The blending of images is pretty interesting too. The clarity of the boulders is just fantastic, along with the contrasty, turbulent water. I’m glad you got the shots.

Thank you Mark.

 

I love the perspective from the camera.  You really have a knack for the landscapes Kerry; beautiful!

Thanks, Jonny.  I feel like I'm slowly getting there.

 

Another cracker Terry.....Not having the skill to fully understand your PP processes it would be interesting to have been able to view the same scene captured with average metering as captured by the camera to even better appreciate your PP skills. Thanks for sharing.

Happy to oblige, Geedee.  Here are the four files I used to compose the shot.  They have all had some adjustments in Lr including being cropped.  The first one is for the sky only and you can see that the water doesn't have the flow that comes with an ND filter.  The second one is shot with an ND and while the sky is blown out, I've managed to get the sun on the bush and the water and the speed is just about right.  The third one is mostly just for the extreme highlights on the water, which in the second one were blown out, and the fourth one is for the bottom third of the image - the pool and the last "fall" - I liked the way the water curled in this one more than the others.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 09:55 AM

Thanks so much for taking the time to share even more of the build up to creating your wonderful image, very much appreciated Kerry.

There can be no doubt that PP skills can add so much to that which otherwise limits a camera`s ability to capture a scene at it`s best, and also no doubt that it requires a degree of technical and artistic competence in the field to capture the amount of detail required for an artist to make the best of it while sitting in front of a computer at home.... It must look even better on your MAC...(-:



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 12:03 PM

 

Thanks, Jonny.  I feel like I'm slowly getting there.

 

 

What's the hurry? The Journey and the learning keeps us occupied and, for the most part, happy!


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:30 PM

What's the hurry? The Journey and the learning keeps us occupied and, for the most part, happy!

True that.

 

Very cool perspective, I like it!

Thanks Doug



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:11 PM

A great creation, Kerry.

I like the diagonal lines in the foreground and the strong anchor point of the large rock in the background left that balances the composition.

Its beautifully clear and clean.

Thanks for posting the individual frames



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 05:27 PM

Another stunner Kerry.  The behind the scenes info is fascinating.  You were wise to take so many frames as you mentioned with the sun making itself scarce towards the end of your shoot. 



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 07:57 PM

A great creation, Kerry.

I like the diagonal lines in the foreground and the strong anchor point of the large rock in the background left that balances the composition.

Its beautifully clear and clean.

Thanks for posting the individual frames

Thanks Rod.  It's fun to share with other photographers what is going on behind the curtain because most people, rightly, really don't care.


Another stunner Kerry.  The behind the scenes info is fascinating.  You were wise to take so many frames as you mentioned with the sun making itself scarce towards the end of your shoot. 

Thank you David.  The joke on me was that the sun was there for the first four or five frames.  If I'd stopped there I would have had all I needed.  All the rest of the shots were neither needed nor used.  It's times like that that I'm glad we don't shoot with film anymore. :D



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 10:50 AM

Can you post the image again please. There is no image in the original post on my end. Thank you.



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 11:33 AM

Can you post the image again please. There is no image in the original post on my end. Thank you.

I wonder how that happened.  Anyway, it's back again.



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Posted 07 January 2018 - 09:48 AM

It is another beautiful image Kerry. Rod has when he said " Its beautifully clear and clean. "  The blending process you are using is pushing your landscapes into the next level.



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Posted 07 January 2018 - 11:43 AM

Great image!

Is that Ragged falls if you knew their name?


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 02:09 PM

Great image!

Is that Ragged falls if you knew their name?

No idea if it has a name but, as I say, it runs along the portage between Rock and Penn in Algonquin Park.



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Posted 07 January 2018 - 05:04 PM

Nope not Ragged falls, they are between Tea lake and Oxtongue lake.

Guess they all start to look similar after a while, to me it looked like a shot up the falls where I took one looking down the falls in fall.

From what I can gather they should be the ones called Pen Falls.

 

 

I'll post that shot of ragged looks like from the top in a new thread to keep things separate.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:24 PM

Coming in (very) late on this discussion, I just wanted to add my admiration as well. The low POV you have, really makes a difference as far as adding drama to the image. And I really like the shutterspeed you used. The water really looks 'alive'. The rocks are kind of dark for my taste, but it does make you focus more on the water and sky.

 

Great image, and thanks for the story!



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:49 PM

Coming in (very) late on this discussion, I just wanted to add my admiration as well. The low POV you have, really makes a difference as far as adding drama to the image. And I really like the shutterspeed you used. The water really looks 'alive'. The rocks are kind of dark for my taste, but it does make you focus more on the water and sky.

 

Great image, and thanks for the story!

Thank you.  I made one last change to this image since I posted it and felt it made a big difference.  I felt there was something wrong with the horizon where the top of the falls meets the sky.  I kept playing with the horizon until I finally realized that the problem was with the sky itself.  By brightening it up, I found it added depth to the image.  That was a cool discovery.  I am beginning to understand how much working with tonal balance in post can affect an image.


It is another beautiful image Kerry. Rod has when he said " Its beautifully clear and clean. "  The blending process you are using is pushing your landscapes into the next level.

Thanks John, that is a very fine compliment indeed.  






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