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Dolgoch Falls

By nicktg      
Last one honest ... or maybe that should be the First one for 2013 Grin Same as usual folks.

Happy New year

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Jellyfire 6 41 4 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 12:44PM
Love the image and composition, it all looks pretty overexposed though so consequently lacks the impact it could have.

I've boosted the saturation a bit to give a flavour, but the highlights on the water are pretty blown out, you may be able to recover them if you shot it in raw? Always worth checking your histograms when you're shooting, and make sure you haven't clipped the highlights which looks like has happened here.

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nicktg 10 24 1 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 1:17PM
thanks Lee, all noted for the next time I go there.
slide71 6 1 Scotland
1 Jan 2013 2:13PM
Good comp but as Lee said overexposed. I've uploaded a mod and described the changes I made in Lightroom 4.

nicktg 10 24 1 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 3:04PM
Thanks for that Nick. Happy hogmanay to you... What do you think of LR4? I'm using 3 at the moment and have thought about upgrading.

Another Nick
slide71 6 1 Scotland
1 Jan 2013 3:34PM
You're welcome and a happy New Year to you too. There are some good improvements in LR4 such as highlight and shadow mods allowing better recovery of blown out sky's or dark foregrounds. You'll be able to upgrade quite cheaply which is what I did. Personally, I would Wink

paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 7:15PM
A nice composition but you are at least a full stop over exposed, even with your applied compensation. Do you have highlight warning indication set on your LCD for image review. You should. It would have told you on the spot that you were over. Always try and find time to check the LCD.

Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
1 Jan 2013 11:27PM
Hi Nick,

Pleant of advice above on the image but not much on the techniques of shooting waterfalls in the daytime. Your image here is overexposed, hence no detail in the water and it's much easier to get this right in camera than in Photoshop. I would suspect that it is because of the amount of light at the time and I noticed that your image was taken in the afternoon in August and that would more than likely mean a lot of sunlight. I also notice that your aperture is set to f/6.3 which I am suprised about.

First of all, it is very hard to take a slowish exposure of a waterfall without overexposing the water so you should ensure that you meter for the brightest part of the water especially if the sun is shining on it. Also to get the water effect you desire, whether it be cotton wool like or just frozen, you need to adjust your exposure time. The problem comes when you shut down the aperture to the smallest hole usually f/22 and the shutter speed is still too fast to capture the effect you want and slowing the shutter any further only results in overexposure. This happened to me once and stupidly I'd left the essential filters back in the car and all I had was a circular polariser. With the polariser fitted I did manage to lose a further stop of light and with the sun covered by a cloud I did grab the shot. Lesson learned what I should have done is taken and fitted my variable neutral density filter which allows the camera to use much slower shutter speeds in bright light by blocking the light entering the lens, of course a tripod is essential as well.

With regards to your shot, you need to use a smaller aperture such as f/16 and with it, a much slower shutter speed. A tripod or some way of securing the camera is also advised for shots like this. Your shot seems very saturated and it definately looks like you've oversharpened it although I may be wrong it may just be like this. Remember that you should still consider foreground interest even with shots like this, there nearly always rocks or the like at the bottom of a waterfall so use them to enhance the scene a bit like the fallen branch in this IMAGE and also in this IMAGE which helps to lead the viewers eye into the shot.

Hope this helps

Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:33AM
I adjusted the exposure and colour balance and dodged and burned the waterfall to gain detail information in the blown parts.

The colour balance is very slightly green, so I introduced some magenta to offset this.

The composition is good, but the photo is slightly bright and over-sharpened imo.

This is only an opinion and not meant to offend.

nicktg 10 24 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 7:42PM
Thanks for the info on LR4 Nick... I'll see how much santa money I've left Smile

Paul Alan and Dave , many thanks for the critique - it's the first time ive tried to shoot a waterfall (we don't have many in Warwickshire Grin) so all info gratefully received.


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