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Aber Falls

By Ray12  
Aber falls taken on a damp, and wet day.

Tags: Wales Autumn Colours Aber falls Landscape and travel

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23 Oct 2019 10:31PM
Hi Ray

Can't argue with this, it's pretty damn good. I like your composition, and the fact that 1/60th allowed the water to look like water, rather than some weird kind of misty ectoplasm ( a seriously overused cliche in my opinion ).
I see you used spot metering and then applied -3/2 EV ... so looking at the tonal values, maybe you metered from the rock face, then placed it at 1.5 stops below a mid tone? Just wondering if that was your approach.

The only suggestion I would make that you might feel is an improvement would be to pull back the highlights just a touch, to show a little more detail in the water. I'll upload a mod. It's a tiny difference, but I think maybe it adds just a little more polish to an already fine image.


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capto Plus
8 6.3k 20 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2019 10:57PM
A great shot, love the composition with the foreground tree stump.
In my mod I have regained the highlights a little, and to tried to add a little sparkle to the image. I made a duplicated layer with increased exposure and using a layer mask applied this to selected areas which I hope you can see.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
23 Oct 2019 11:43PM
A good shot.

Getting some more detail in the water is well worth a try, - I used NIK detail extractor and reduced highlights.


chase Plus
14 1.7k 415 England
24 Oct 2019 9:24AM
Hi Ray, I do like this. There is enough detail in the water to tell that it's water, it's just the highlights that could be improved a touch as demonstrated in the mods for your consideration.
This looks like a great place for a few frames.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2019 1:42PM
I do like this a lot.

Taken late morning, I suspect that considerably earlier or perhaps late afternoon would have given less risk of blown highlights on the upper area of water. But the modifications do show how much detail can be extracted from the file. The relatively fast shutter speed has captured the weight of the water.

It's worth getting that extra detail, it adds a better sense of substance.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2019 5:03PM
I have to come in here, be it a little late, to add my appreciation of this image.

I like the way you have the tree and stump positioned in front of the fall, giving the tree a light clean background for impact, and you've also nicely offset it in the frame. The fall is unusual with those spidery smaller falls either side. In fact, talking of spiders, the fall reminds me of spider's webs (or maybe I've been seeing too many halloween window displaysSmile).

There is something quite magical about your image. The modifications show what can be done to bring back some detail in the bright area of the fall. I think this would do well in the main gallery.

Ray12 Plus
7 154 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2019 9:26PM
Hi all.
Many thanks for your great input.
I must admit bringing out the detail in the water does improve vastly, thanks.
Mrswoolybill, I had only been there about an hour when I took this shot, as for staying later, I am afraid the rain put pay to that.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2019 8:51AM
A decent image of it's type and well composed. It does look a little over all soft on my screen. Was it hand held?

dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
25 Oct 2019 4:07PM
DEfinitely a picture that doesn't look its best against a brigth background: I'd have chosen a black background (as I do for most things), and found that viewing large makes the picture much better - there's more visible separation fo the central tree from the background.

Other than that, absolutely nothing to add, apart from my own little bit of admiration.
Ray12 Plus
7 154 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2019 8:29PM
Yes Paul it was hand held.

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