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Melyn Court Cascade

By StevieM  
Taken at Melyn Court Falls near Resolven in the Neath Valley South Wales UK. We'd had torrential rain for a couple of days and the falls were particularly full. I've tried to accentuate the shot by going b/w and increasing contrast and sharpness in p/shot. It seems to print well atnt for A3+ and I'm thinking of getting an even larger print for the Living Room. I'd welcome any criticisms or observed flaws to help with the final print and also suggestions as to where to have printed

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
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29 Dec 2012 8:40PM
If you like it, print it!

For me, it can look a little better. The highlights are very bright, and when toned down, theres a lot more detail you can get, especially in the falling water.

The heavy black frame doesnt do it any favours, so I would use it. Its a personal think of course.

Sharpening is a little overdone for me, - and as sharpening and contrast are very much the same thing by different names, contras.

I have loaded a mod to show what I mean, - hope it works for you. I used the highlight tool in Photoshop CS; if you dont have this, and have elements, you can use a layer with mode = multiply, adjust opacity, and mask out what you done want darker, leving only highlights toned down.



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StevieM 12 1 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 8:57PM
Thanks Willie,
I can see that the water 'wall' is hiding some detail so I will make a few tweaks. I do use Photoshop CS and am familiar with the method you suggest. I tend to use a Black surround on many of my efforts but can see by your modification thaa it's not required in this case.
Thanks for your input .

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:01AM
The idea and tight framing is good but, on my screen, you have some over exposure and the contrast is a bit too high. Depends how you did your mono conversion, but the tonal range needs to be spread a little.

StevieM 12 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 6:31PM
Thanks Paul,
I was trying to get that 'Ansell Adams' punchy look but may tone the whites down a bit
Thanks for taking the time to post


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