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The Hermitage

By jaggyarab    
Visited The Hermitage on the 2nd March 2013. Some of the walks were closed off due to landslide and falling tree's so went for an alternative view. Feel free to 'like' and 'share' the pictures and if you haven't 'liked' the 'Jaggyarab Photography' Facebook page so far, please do, thanks Drew

Tags: Black and white

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pablophotographer 6 923 331
3 Mar 2013 7:18PM
Hello Drew.

I do not know the location you have shot. I see lots of water falling, recorded in slow speed. I can't miss the watermark either, which is too big and probably placed in a very wrong place, but this is your image and your right.

What I think your image lacks is a sense of size and proportion. A tree, a human, an animal, should it had been included, it could provide some sense of how big and how proportionally spectacular this place is, The lighting doesn't help it either, although cloudy days help recording running water, the left side to me remains too dark, probably you should tweek it a bit. Try alsoa black and white and see if it works better.

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3 Mar 2013 7:38PM
i have to agree with pablophotographer also some colour from the moss on the rock face adds interest to the image. but its a good attempt to capture a water fall please dont be putt off by our comments, have another go and post some more picks.GrinGrinGrin
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
3 Mar 2013 8:03PM
I've uploaded a mod. with a few tweaks.
I opened the image in CS6 and applied the shadows/highlights tool, just at its default settings.
I then selected a black and a white threshold using curves and finally converted it to sRGB.
Hope this helps.

jaggyarab 5 2 Scotland
3 Mar 2013 9:15PM

Thanks for the comments and modification. For me on the day I was focussing on the water more that the surrounding area. When I got home I just loved the little light that was on the rock on the bottom left, and I quite liked the darkness but the mod does look very good to.

The watermark I agree is too big and at the moment when any pictures I put on social media (rightly or wrongly) i do tend to do this. I will keep this in mind the next time.

i couldn't get the picture i wanted on the day, because of landslides and fallen trees in the area, that would have shown perspective but I was happy with the shot as I am with the feedback, thanks again.

paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 9:48PM
The first appearance is that you are trying to advertise yourself, and that wont do much good in this section I fear. You do not need a logo at all here. What would you actually want this image for? It is a perfectly good close up of fast moving water with some intended movement blur, but for what purpose. Could be taken anywhere and, purely subjectively, it needs a wider viewpoint and colour.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 10:50PM
Since you class yourself as a beginner, Drew, I have to applaud your effort here.
It was obviously your intention to go for the soft flowing effect of the water, born out by your slow shutter speed, and this seems to be the most popular way to capture a waterfall...blurring the water while all the other elements in the scene stay nice and sharp.
What attracted me to this image was the strong contrast of dark and light, rocks and water, and the interesting shapes created between the two, as well as the contrast of the strength of solid rocks against the softness of flowing water. I also like your idea of going in close and filling your frame with rocks and water, instead of endeavouring to produce a scene with a wider view. This gives a rather abstract feel to your image. Although you didn't manage to get exactly what you wanted, you used your ingenuity and made the most of the waterfall.
We are used to seeing waterfalls framed by rocks and foliage, but what you have presented is a refreshing alternative.
On my laptop, I can move the screen and discover some detail within those rocks, but I do agree that to show some detail of them by lifting those shadows would add interest to the darker areas. I like the modification.
The water looks good, and you held the exposure well on that part.
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
3 Mar 2013 11:35PM
Hi Drew
Some great advice been given here and I will not try and duplicate what’s already been said, however you tagged this as a black and white yet its a colour image so my mod is a B+W image from your colour image.

At this point I will apologise for my lack of accuracy hence the poor edge detail however it is just an example and with more care I'm sure you could do better.

I have had problems myself with shooting dark rock against the light water and I've found 2 ways to overcome this;

1. if shooting in Raw process 2 separate images first for the rocks and a second for the water then in PS combine the 2 images to display the best of both.
2. Free select the rocks and adjust for good contrast and highlights, then invert selection and do the same for the water. (this is how I processed this image)

In my mod I have been able to tone down the water and display some of the detail behind the water while still keeping the rocks correctly processed.

Hope this helps.

Eric Grin

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