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Jesmond Dene waterfall

By MEdawson
Recently uploaded another photo from my walk around Jesmond Dene and received some excellent feedback. Thought I would upload a slightly different shot, where I tried using a slow shutter speed on the waterfall.

I've done some light editing in Lightroom, so would be happy to hear any thoughts on that, and/or the composition/technique etc.

Thanks in advance.


Tags: Waterfall Wildlife and nature

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
12 Feb 2014 12:49PM
Nice shot.

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HowieR 7 20 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 12:56PM
Excellent technique
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 1:33PM
I suspect that the tripod was used this time... !

I'm pleased to see more of this lovely place. This has worked very well - really good exposure, you have the 'milky water' effect but with good tones and textures in the water, and no blown highlights. And the focus, on those foreground twigs, looks spot on.

Good use of portrait - I'd like to see that chunk of stonework slightly further to the left, it's a bit close to being half way across the frame, but that's minor.

There's also a square composition available in the upper part of the frame, which simplifies the arrangement of twigs, but it is simply an alternative. Mod to follow, just to illustrate.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 4:15PM
Of it's type, a good effort. Nothing much wrong. The sharp branches fit well and the exposure is spot on. As I said, very well done of it's type. We do see a lot of milky water shots though, of which this is toward the top end.

Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:37PM
I must admit, I'm not keen on the top set of branches. To me, they hide the falls, which are the main point of the image. I think the image without the twigs would be good, if you included the left edge of the falls.
Processing is ok...some of the shadows are a little dark, but then the whole image could be a fraction lighter. Some will like it, some won't, but it's a pretty good effort nonetheless.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 10:20PM
Very nice, Michael.
You went for the classic milky water waterfall shot, and demonstrated your competence. It's a popular photographic subject.
Good exposure and composition, nice depth with the bit of background at the top, and ideal format for the fall.

The branches framing your shot act as a bit of a barrier, simply because they go across the important part of the fall, the top part. They would have been far better on the other side, but you couldn't do much about that. My eye wants to start at the top where the water is flat, and follow the water all the way down, but the branches stop me on the way. Maybe there wasn't a better vantage point for you.

I do like the rock and ivy bottom right, and might have liked a bit more of it. This could be a prominent foreground element, nice and sharp set against the milky water. You have used the surrounding rocks and foliage well, but sometimes you need the sharpness and hardness of something like that rock to totally contrast with your fall.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 10:32PM
hi, the compositions not too bad considering the position, i think a position slightly more to one side to give the outflow somewhere to go may have been better but i do understand that its often impossible to get access. when i do these (quite often) i try to get down low, even into the water with my tripod.

the trees overhanging are taking the edge off the overall image for me.

couple of tips,

focus manually as the water causes af to hunt,
make sure the highlights are not clipping on the histo. i usually end up doing a fair bit of dodging and burning on the water to pull up the whites and add contrast with the mid tones. this is best done on a grey layer in overlay (see Derek Doar of photospeed) his site has some radical processing methods that work well and especially with water.


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