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Aira Force

By Bigpoolman
The weather having deserted us, a happy hour or two trudging round Aira Force. I thought that I would try a close up with the idea being to get a flow through the picture from bottom left to top right. I quite liked the little leaf perched precariously on the ledge. Any way thats what I thought but .......

Comments appreciated


Tags: Autumn Lakes Aira force Landscape and travel 2017

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Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2017 10:48AM
Very atmospheric image. Ted. GrinGrin
derekp Plus
10 1 5 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2017 11:47AM
Very well seen, almost abstract image which captures the drama of the force. the leaf does add interest and the mossy rock in the foreground . Perhaps highlight that slightly?GrinGrinGrin
RuthyJ 14 England
7 Nov 2017 12:32PM
Love this. Great atmosphere.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
7 Nov 2017 12:54PM
Strictly, I'd say the flow is the opposite way, and that's fine.

It's busy, and my eyes keep flickering around, which would normally make me worry - but in fact, I think it captures the movement, the liveliness of the scene.

I think I might be considering this for a UA in the main gallery, if it was in there.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2017 7:38PM
I saw this in the main gallery, Tim, and liked it a lot.
The mistiness of the top water is attractive, and the rocks are good and sharp in contrast to it. They are also well lit.

I would have liked to see a bit more of the flow at the bottom because it's totally different to the rest of the fall, but I wouldn't want to lose any from the top, so the only way would be to show more overall, and maybe that wasn't possible. I know how precarious it is for people who photograph waterfalls.

Without the touches of green moss and the single fallen leaf, this could be mono, and might even look good as such.
I've given it a go, and didn't realise just how much more colour there was in the water.
Still, 2 mods uploaded, the second for fun, just the leaf in colourSmile.

pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
7 Nov 2017 8:03PM
I re-framed your picture with my thought focused on what you attempted to describe.
The power of water, which is such that can split rock in the middle.
In my framing (which ignores the other rock on the right and the fallen leaf) I ''created'' a passage from the water that falls in the background at the right of the frame and which it later flows to the bottom left corner of the frame. My increased lighting reflects the powerful force making the path of water and light to come in.
I agree with Pamelajane that you ought to allow more of the ''emptying'' of that volume of water on the left bottom to be visible.
I thought mono was the best option between the two.
7 Nov 2017 8:35PM
Thanks all I'll give it some further thought shortly.

For the moment I have uploaded the original uncropped. It still has some of the LR modifications but no PS (sharpening etc). In getting rid of some of the expanse of rock on the right which I thought was a little uninteresting it left a very thin vertical frame hence the crop off the top and bottom although I also wanted to focus on the fall around the rock. There are a number of possibilities here and I like your suggestions.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 767 England
7 Nov 2017 9:53PM
It makes a nice change to see a more abstract image from this particular location, and it'd have got my vote in the main Gallery.

Camera settings look good and have given a pleasing result.

The very bright highlight bottom left was a concern, though I see Pamela has addressed that in her mod. In fact mono makes for a strong image as it's all about shapes and movement here.
7 Nov 2017 10:24PM
Quite agree about the bright highlight, I did darken that area but nothing like enough. Overall mono is very effective, thanks for the thought and for all your comments and suggestions.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
8 Nov 2017 8:50AM
Tim - I'd say the original is even better, especially if the idea of 'flow' is a big issue.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2017 7:13PM
Hello again, Tim.

Thankyou to Keith for mentioning the burnt out water bottom left. I forgot to mention that I had cloned some low opacity water into that area in my mod.

I really like your original. It has that extra little bit at the bottom that I was looking for. And look at all of those lovely fallen autumn leaves on the right-hand rock.....not uninteresting at all! We only got ONE in your first uploadSad.

8 Nov 2017 7:23PM
Hmmm well yes but is it not a little soft? Not sure but maybe someone with better eyesight can enlighten me?

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2017 10:17PM
I hadn't looked at it closely, Tim, and I apologise for that.
However, I've taken it into PaintshopPro and found that it responds very well to sharpening, either done selectively, or with a High Pass Sharpen overall.

8 Nov 2017 10:36PM
Thanks Pamela, I hadn't sharpened the original but had sharpened the crop i.e. first image in PS. I'll give it a go.


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
9 Nov 2017 8:35AM
Indeed, it's nto perfectly sharp, and that's a good reason - always - to take a few frames in such circumstances.

However, sharpness isn't always the be-all and end-all of a picture. I agree with Paul's often-expressed view that one ought to take well-exposed and sharp as read, every time - but just occaisonally, there's something more important. That could be true here, as it's about blur and motion, though my ideal would be to counterpoint those with excellent sharpness of the rocks and leaf.

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