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Ceunant Mawr mk II

By chrisfroud
Thanks to all those who commented on this image when I posted it earlier, particularly Pete for his honesty in pointing out the ugly blown highlights at the top of the waterfall.

So, to rectify this, I checked through all the exposures I took of this image and picked one where there weren't any blown highlights then processed the RAW file twice, once optimised for the highlight detail and once optimised for the shadow detail. Then I blended them using a layer mask, a little bit of levels/curves, some sharpening and here it is.

I'd be interested to know if you think it's an improvement because this has been quite a useful exercise in learning raw processing/photoshop (I've loaded the old version into the mods)


Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: Consulo, mikears, sairyfairy and 34 more

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mikears 15 89 Canada
19 Jan 2006 5:44AM
I was just gonna say that I like the image, but after reading the description, I'll give you double-click!! Nice bit of work!


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elowes 15 2.8k United Kingdom
19 Jan 2006 5:47AM
Works well. It is hard to avoid the problem with highlights in this sort of shot if the sky intrudes. Thanks for the explanation of how you did it. Never though of using raw convertion like that.

As an aside, when the eye reaches the lower part of the image the title is just a distraction, you don't need it as you have told use below where it is.
chrisfroud 14 521
19 Jan 2006 5:49AM
Cheers guys! I've never tried it before myself, but it seems to work if you have the time to fiddle with it a bit.
Boyd 16 11.2k 11 Wales
19 Jan 2006 5:55AM
works very well. Good range throughout the picture.
whipspeed 15 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2006 6:02AM
Lovely shot has a wonderful feel to it. Improvements have worked well.
keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Jan 2006 6:12AM
Looks to have worked well
19 Jan 2006 6:18AM
Luv the softness of the water... well done!
Suzan Smile
chrisfroud 14 521
19 Jan 2006 6:20AM
Thanks Keith - you're hints and tips in the forum the other day were much appreciated! I'm glad Andy converted me to Capture One, it's such an improvement on Rawshooter and the results you can get from it are stunning.

bill777 17 661 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2006 6:20AM
Great piece of work and a really good work around to get this end result.

Cross 14 Scotland
19 Jan 2006 6:20AM
great scene! raw works here extremely good as there are lots of dark places too.
nice work!
chrisfroud 14 521
19 Jan 2006 6:21AM
RAW rules Wink
tmann 15 4 2 United States
19 Jan 2006 6:26AM
great capture!
sunshot 15 24 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2006 6:34AM
great shot well captured
19 Jan 2006 6:55AM
Excellent shot still :0)

chrisfroud 14 521
19 Jan 2006 6:56AM
Thanks Smile
Pete Plus
18 18.8k 97 England
19 Jan 2006 7:52AM
Much better...ta for credit too Smile
Maddie 14 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2006 8:05AM
well done chris
Blenkinsopp 14 320 4 England
19 Jan 2006 8:38AM
beautiful image
- skilful and very successful processing
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Jan 2006 8:53AM
works really well

jaktis 16 84 Sweden
19 Jan 2006 8:55AM
Definitely improvement

Snapper_T 16 867 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2006 10:15AM
Good work on this shot. Like the comp to cut out the featureless sky. Feels like I'm there.
chrisfroud 14 521
19 Jan 2006 11:54AM
Thanks Pete for your ideas on how to improve this shot and for the HC!

Thanks everyone else for all your kind comments.

pfheyes 15 254 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2006 12:03PM
And a HC to boot - well done. Smile

foxybrown 15 368
19 Jan 2006 1:23PM
good one chris, i like the effect of long exposure on the water.
sneazy 15 74 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2006 3:08PM
Nice shot Chris. Well done on the HC!

MarkT 15 119 2 England
20 Jan 2006 3:47AM
Great shot.


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