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The river Lydeway marks the water-shed between the Bristol and Christchurch (Salisbury) Avons on the north western boundary. The head-stream of the Christchurch Avon is in the north eastern boundary. The spring from the Bristol Avon is to the north east of Wedhampton and rises to the south west of Rookery Farm. Urchfont derives its name from it and it is reputed never to fail, even in the driest season.
This is a smallish waterfall (approx 12ft)which can be found in the wooded valley running along north eastern edge of Urchfont.I have taken three exposures and blended into one hdr image.It was quite tricky to get to the correct position and also i couldnt remove all of the branches obscuring the fall.It was quite dark hence slow shutter speed,but has created the effect i was looking for.

martin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Canon EFS 18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jun 2013 - 10:08 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:8sec
ISO:200
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Waterfall at Urchfont
Username:biglog biglog
Uploaded:30 Jun 2013 - 5:41 PM
Tags:Digital art, General, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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cosmicherb
cosmicherb e2 Member cosmicherb vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2013 - 7:25 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the silky effect of the water. I wondered if it might benefit from a portrait crop which focuses on the waterfall more. I've uploaded a mod. Hope you don't mind!

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biglog
biglog  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2013 - 7:44 PM

Thanx chris,i like your version ,think it works well.Gets rid of alot of the clutter around the edges ,just wish i could get rid of a few twigs and branches sticking out.

thanks
martin.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2013 - 10:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Ive uploaded a mod Martin. Moving the waterfall out of the centre is a good idea, andimo thats best achieved by using the rule of thirds.


A few more observations, most of them addresses in the mod.

You exposure is quite good, - does the silky water thing, but anything in the frame that moved at all, with the slightest breeze, is blurred.

The water itself has, understandably a strong green hue, and that looks better more white (its hard to notice until you view it side by side with the mod)

The area at the bottom is not sharp at all, - could be the use of 55mm not being apparently sharp close to the lens, or where you focused. Focusing further away that the waterfall itself can actually give you a sharp waterfall, all the way to the cameras position. (Hyperfocal focusing)


Anyway a good effort. I wonder if it was the Big Log that attracted you to this!


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Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 30 Jun 2013 - 10:19 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2013 - 8:41 AM

A good effort of it's type. Slight left crop to move the waterfall away from the middle.

Paul

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biglog
biglog  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2013 - 9:47 AM

Thankyou paul and willie,some good advice to mull over.Agree the composition would look better off centre or even as chris suggested portrait style.I can see the colour cast now you mentioned it and adjusted it.As for the focusing i can see what you mean, especially comparing to other photos of similar nature which are pin sharp.There was a breeze although it was sheltered so that would explain some of the blur.Will have to look up the hyper focusing technique heard of it ,never known how to use it.

Finally nice spot of the biglogs,have been past here loads of times knew there must be something attracting me back!!

Ta martin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4963 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 9:23 PM

Gone for a square crop with the waterfall on the left third third. I've whitened the water a tad as well. The image looks a bit over-sharpened on my screen, that could be just the HDR effect or sharpening applied in the processing. I've softened it just a little.

Dave

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biglog
biglog  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 10:17 PM

thanks whiterose the square crop and placement of waterfall definately works better..

martin

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