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By gerainte1
Went out early this morning but the weather was foul, ended up here in the darkest midgest spot, as noting else was happening. Had to leave as was being eaten alive and the rain started.

Your comments please, ISO was 400, which I think has resulted in a lot of noise in the original. I think I should,have had a lower ISO.
But is noise like this to be expected?

I have uploaded the original too.

Any other advice as usual gratefully received.

Tags: Waterfall Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
15 Jun 2014 11:33PM
Youve done very well with what you started out with. I like your result.

I used the original for some mods also, - a lot different I think.

Thats because you used shadows and light to create an ambiance that you liked, and is is nice. The mods are a more direct interpretation of the original,

Well done.


16 Jun 2014 8:03AM
Thanks Willie,
Your mods are more direct, I think I was trying to bring out my feeling for the atmosphere of the place, which was rather coloured by being beaten to death and having driven round the dales to end up a very dark place at 6.30am, it was that atmosphere I was after. Both your mods capture the starkness of the spot probably more so than mine.

My question about ISO being at 400, was that acceptable, would a lower ISO be better?
Mike43 11 396 21 England
16 Jun 2014 8:06AM
Have been trying to get my own waterfall shot for years but never seem to get it right, unlike yours which I like a lot. I like the composition of the two waterfalls.

But I do think you have too much photo and for me I would have crop out the bottom half (see uploaded mod) or if possible go back and retake the shot.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
16 Jun 2014 9:21AM
With a modern camera, and posting at a fraction of the original file size, the ISO should not be a problem, except for the most exacting of picture uses, or the most doctrinaire of togs.

I don't see a problem here - and my personal view is that, with very few exceptions, the speed you need to use is always the right one. I have no compunction about shooting with the ISO on my Alpha 900 (now quite an elderly model, having arrived in 2008) wound all the way up: grain/noise can be a part of the creative process.

My instinct is that dark edges woudl make for a more self-contained picture - I shall try a mod along these lines. Having said that, I really like your posted version.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
16 Jun 2014 9:42AM
Despite what I wrote about my mod, it was actually anticlockwise rotation. There's no facility for editing text attached to mods, though.

16 Jun 2014 9:30PM
Hi Mike,
cropping does give this a really different feel, brings you right into the scene. Thanks for demonstrating that really useful.
16 Jun 2014 9:35PM
Thanks dudler, useful advice as usual. Looking at your mod and the turn clockwise I've seen how more balanced it is. I don't know whether it was the rock or me, I suspect me. I need to learn to spot that. I think thta's the second time you have pointed the level out to me.

My only defence was I got just 2 shots before bailing out covered in bites from the midges.
16 Jun 2014 9:36PM
Sorry thanks too for the comment son the ISO
21 Jun 2014 10:52PM
Hi Gerainte. Thanks for your generous comments on my photo of this waterfall. I like your version a lot, and particularly what you've done with the light. You've created a very strong mood, and all I would suggest to enhance that and further increase the drama would be a more radical crop to a letterbox format. An idea similar to Mike43's, except I've taken it a bit further. Will upload a mod.

22 Jun 2014 12:05AM
Hi Alan,

Thanks for your comments. Your mod is excellent, like Mike43's but as you say a bit further and it really works, I think you have darkened the water too which works, I prefer the darker look rather than the brown. In need to go back and have another look.

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