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Gorge de la Sirčne

By joolsb  
A relatively unknown gorge in the French Jura which is also quite difficult to get into due to the lack of footpaths. I ended up wading about 2km along the river to get to this spot…

I needed to do a fair bit of work on this in post to get a balanced exposure so I thought I'd add the unprocessed file as a version for comparison.

Tags: Flowers and plants Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: mrswoolybill, Flymoman, DeSilver and 15 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1848 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2013 10:32AM
Green light, green shadows. The colour of magic, the other. This has quite an extraordinary feel, a very personal landscape, a private place.

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ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2013 11:10AM
A hidden treasure, well captured,

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It looks great in a darkened room but just a bit more light would show the lovely quiet water flowing through the grassy river bed.
Hard work wading so far on a river bed producing a good result.

joolsb Plus
13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
18 Aug 2013 6:08PM
Thanks, Doug. Yes, I suppose I could lighten it a wee tad but what Moira picked up on in her comment was exactly what I was going for. It's the dark look of the shot that gives it atmosphere. Compare the finished result with the raw file and you'll see what I mean...
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2013 6:06AM
I tend to agree with Moira. The dark toning gives the image atmosphere and the color a richness that might be lost if the shadows were lightened. I admire your tenacity in getting the shot Julian.
ChrisOs Plus
12 2 1 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2013 3:37PM
Super processing after a heroic journey. Did you take the Argonauts with you?
Glashutte Plus
11 21 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 12:31AM
Beautiful image and beautiful work done to capture and process it.

I've got to the stage where I'll get up at 4am- trek for miles with a tripod to get a shot, but unfortunately still don't understand how to do a proper conversion like this.
But thanks for showing the before and after- it demonstrates how much this part is the most important.

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