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Taken at Melyn Court Falls near Resolven in the Neath Valley South Wales UK. We'd had torrential rain for a couple of days and the falls were particularly full. I've tried to accentuate the shot by going b/w and increasing contrast and sharpness in p/shot. It seems to print well atnt for A3+ and I'm thinking of getting an even larger print for the Living Room. I'd welcome any criticisms or observed flaws to help with the final print and also suggestions as to where to have printed

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 May 2012 - 10:07 AM
Focal Length:80mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Melyn Court Cascade
Username:StevieM StevieM
Uploaded:29 Dec 2012 - 8:21 PM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9716 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2673 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2012 - 8:40 PM

If you like it, print it!


For me, it can look a little better. The highlights are very bright, and when toned down, theres a lot more detail you can get, especially in the falling water.

The heavy black frame doesnt do it any favours, so I would use it. Its a personal think of course.

Sharpening is a little overdone for me, - and as sharpening and contrast are very much the same thing by different names, contras.


I have loaded a mod to show what I mean, - hope it works for you. I used the highlight tool in Photoshop CS; if you dont have this, and have elements, you can use a layer with mode = multiply, adjust opacity, and mask out what you done want darker, leving only highlights toned down.


regards


Willie

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StevieM
StevieM  8 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 - 8:57 PM

Thanks Willie,
I can see that the water 'wall' is hiding some detail so I will make a few tweaks. I do use Photoshop CS and am familiar with the method you suggest. I tend to use a Black surround on many of my efforts but can see by your modification thaa it's not required in this case.
Thanks for your input .

Steve

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom826 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 11:01 AM

The idea and tight framing is good but, on my screen, you have some over exposure and the contrast is a bit too high. Depends how you did your mono conversion, but the tonal range needs to be spread a little.

Paul

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StevieM  8 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 - 6:31 PM

Thanks Paul,
I was trying to get that 'Ansell Adams' punchy look but may tone the whites down a bit
Thanks for taking the time to post

Steve

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