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Waterfall at Urchfont

By biglog
The river Lydeway marks the water-shed between the Bristol and Christchurch (Salisbury) Avons on the north western boundary. The head-stream of the Christchurch Avon is in the north eastern boundary. The spring from the Bristol Avon is to the north east of Wedhampton and rises to the south west of Rookery Farm. Urchfont derives its name from it and it is reputed never to fail, even in the driest season.
This is a smallish waterfall (approx 12ft)which can be found in the wooded valley running along north eastern edge of Urchfont.I have taken three exposures and blended into one hdr image.It was quite tricky to get to the correct position and also i couldnt remove all of the branches obscuring the fall.It was quite dark hence slow shutter speed,but has created the effect i was looking for.

martin

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cosmicherb 3 10 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2013 7:25PM
I like the silky effect of the water. I wondered if it might benefit from a portrait crop which focuses on the waterfall more. I've uploaded a mod. Hope you don't mind!

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biglog 3 4 2 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2013 7:44PM
Thanx chris,i like your version ,think it works well.Gets rid of alot of the clutter around the edges ,just wish i could get rid of a few twigs and branches sticking out.

thanks
martin.
banehawi Plus
12 1.4k 3465 Canada
30 Jun 2013 10:18PM
Ive uploaded a mod Martin. Moving the waterfall out of the centre is a good idea, andimo thats best achieved by using the rule of thirds.


A few more observations, most of them addresses in the mod.

You exposure is quite good, - does the silky water thing, but anything in the frame that moved at all, with the slightest breeze, is blurred.

The water itself has, understandably a strong green hue, and that looks better more white (its hard to notice until you view it side by side with the mod)

The area at the bottom is not sharp at all, - could be the use of 55mm not being apparently sharp close to the lens, or where you focused. Focusing further away that the waterfall itself can actually give you a sharp waterfall, all the way to the cameras position. (Hyperfocal focusing)


Anyway a good effort. I wonder if it was the Big Log that attracted you to this!


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Regards


Willie
paulbroad 8 114 1034 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 8:41AM
A good effort of it's type. Slight left crop to move the waterfall away from the middle.

Paul
biglog 3 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 9:47AM
Thankyou paul and willie,some good advice to mull over.Agree the composition would look better off centre or even as chris suggested portrait style.I can see the colour cast now you mentioned it and adjusted it.As for the focusing i can see what you mean, especially comparing to other photos of similar nature which are pin sharp.There was a breeze although it was sheltered so that would explain some of the blur.Will have to look up the hyper focusing technique heard of it ,never known how to use it.

Finally nice spot of the biglogs,have been past here loads of times knew there must be something attracting me back!!

Ta martin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
5 Jul 2013 9:23PM
Gone for a square crop with the waterfall on the left third third. I've whitened the water a tad as well. The image looks a bit over-sharpened on my screen, that could be just the HDR effect or sharpening applied in the processing. I've softened it just a little.

Dave
biglog 3 4 2 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 10:17PM
thanks whiterose the square crop and placement of waterfall definately works better..

martin

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