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Valley Of Desolation

By ade_mcfade      
A lovey waterfall near Bolton Abbey

Not so great yesterday as the spray from the falls covered the filters in seconds, and there's a tree fallen in front of my favourite spot to take a shot from !

this is the middle section from a 5 shot HDR PANO believe it or not.

The pano seemed a good idea, but I could not get a composition I was happy with - a lot of the shot seemed irrelevent, so I cropped and cropped and decided to go square in the end.

Tags: Yorkshire Waterfall Bolton abbey Landscape and travel Valley of desolaion

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7 Dec 2008 8:07PM
beautiful capture...

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Bravdo 10 17 2 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2008 8:09PM
Shot works for me..Great composition and i think the lighting is just right..
grockleJB 9 3 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2008 8:12PM
lovely shot, John
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2008 8:16PM
a cracker Ade. like the light, colours and exposure.
RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2008 8:24PM
Worth the effort. Reckon B&W would be good too
newfocus 11 647 2 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2008 8:59PM
The colours in the rock really make the shot for me.
markthecat 12 3 England
7 Dec 2008 9:13PM

colin63 9 6 England
7 Dec 2008 9:22PM

User_Removed 11 19 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2008 10:32PM
nice capture. lovely picture..
Richsr 11 91 223 England
7 Dec 2008 10:54PM
Like the details and tones in this Ade.
Regards Richard.
I think you did well with the crop Ade, the contrast is still not quite right though. A hard one to make a call on here, but the image is good, maybe a wee bit more effort after a rest.

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
8 Dec 2008 10:39AM
cheers Dougie

well you saw the original and that's where I started from Wink A very very flat tone map.

where'd you suggest needs the attention - the top area where it's bright?

Kinda think that having that "really bright" constrast is a double edge sword.

When you're there, it looks ace, but in processing you really have a nightmare to sort out.
Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 1:27PM
looks a pretty place Ade
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 1:35PM
I like the gold tones picked out in the water and on the cliff at the right. I think the contrast is a little too strong (or too much sharpening) on the plants to our left of the falls.

I know from experience of this place that it is virtually impossible on a bright day to sort out the sky. You got pretty close with this one, I think if you could just burn in that golden tree a touch it would benefit.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 2:45PM
Just starting to catch up. have visited the last couple i yesterdays, its like a scene from when dinasors ruled the earth, the HDR is not working in your favour to my mind and there was too much ambient light for a waterfall shot, and also too much water flowing for best results, before the sun is out is best for these. The hdr is too saturated among other things and too heavy too animated on the smoothing, i prefer very fine, right hand button. and i assume you went for the cartoon effect because i know you have more control over photomatix than that.
The sky area is too bright and adds nothing to the composition and is better cropped out, the moving water is awfull ( im sugar coating it for you here mate) but the botton half frame is really nice with interesting flow patterns diagonally out right side, nice whites and golds and lovely turbulance in between, like the bottom bit.
The V2, if thats the unfriendly version looks like the old SAS mask view. i do like the right hand swirly bit, i actually go out looking from these little wonders, sad ba----d that i am.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
8 Dec 2008 4:13PM

Quote:cartoon effect

no intentional cartooning here - light smoothing was at +2 (right most) and micro smoothing at full.

the sky is a particualr problem at these falls and a dull day is often best, but I've tried cropping just above the falls and I don't like it, looks squashed in to me.

I upped the saturation a lot for EPZ.... the version on my HD is a lot less saturated Wink
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 4:55PM

Quote:I upped the saturation a lot for EPZ

That'll teach you. Smile
Could be that if you lower the sat you might just hit it right. It's hard to second guess what somebody else is seeing on their screen, especially when we have to second guess the colours for EPZ.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 5:29PM

Quote:especially when we have to second guess the colours for EPZ

Why? Surely you just adjust the colours according to how they look on your own monitor?
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
8 Dec 2008 6:28PM
my monitor's callibrated regularly - so everyone else is wrong Wink

seriously though, the higlights in the falls here look fine on mine, but at work were a white mess.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
9 Dec 2008 12:24PM
Controversy Ade, thats not usual for you. my pet hate is highlights on the edge of a frame. Unfortunately my eye goes straight to the top of this image and I struggle to get back in. Crop the top? but then we compress the image somewhat.
No I think it is a picture for another day with perhaps different lighting conditions.
There are occasions when no matter what you do with an image it's just not happening.
I''ll still give you a click because I like you and you are so kind with others.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
9 Dec 2008 1:26PM
ha ha - you're a gentleman through and through Danny Smile

I've been here with the Bowden on many occasion and over-cast is actually a lot better in many respects.

less water is better cause you don't get covered in spray!

I'll post one of the bottom of the falls only and see what reaction that gets
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
10 Dec 2008 1:36PM
Good choice of crop.
Where's the mono version?
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
10 Dec 2008 2:04PM
didn't have time to do one for this - was frantically building calendars!
Bonico 8 Romania
7 Jun 2010 9:49PM
Wonderful work!

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