Piers Blackett  

Overholser Dam by Piers Blackett

May 2020 - Overholser Dam

May 2020 - Piers Blackett


About the Image(s)

It was a windy day and the dam was at full capacity causing the water to flow rapidly with shooting spray coinciding with the waves on the dam surface. I set up on a tripod with a 100-400 lens at 1/4 sec, f/14, at 140mm with a 6-stop ND filter to create a smoother effect with less overblown areas. There was a tinge of blue in the falling water, so to bring this out in post I used a fully saturated image as background and a Nik-transformed black and white image image as foreground and painted through to increase the blue tinge to the falling water but retain black and white for the dam. The still water was separately de-saturated in camera raw since it came out too saturated.

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8 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I feel the water flow softness is right on and what you have done with the colors. Having just watched the PSA B&W webinar, this is a perfect example of the different tones needed for B&W. I like the little bush in the lower left that appears to give a reason for the last layer of rock. My eye does want to keep stopping at the greenery in the falling water, but I imagine that would be difficult to clone out. I will just say it gives more character. I would suggest cropping the top lateral framework right at the angled section to take away the busyness of the upper portion. Lovely B&W.   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:41:40
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your comments. I think Martin agrees and I like his crop.   Posted: 05/11/2020 13:30:46

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Interesting shot of the contrast between the stark man-built structure and the softness of the water flowing through it. I do think that perhaps you could try a B&W version since this image seems to lend itself to that. I think also that there could be a slight cropping on the right side to include the 3 white vertical lines.   Posted: 05/09/2020 19:35:39

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
This is a great shot! I like the desaturation that you've done. I think it works well. My eye keeps wandering over to the right side which really isn't adding anything to the image. I think a bit more cropping to remove the section beyond the curved wall would help.   Posted: 05/10/2020 10:32:50
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Yes. I think Martin's crop answers that. Thanks.   Posted: 05/11/2020 13:33:07

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
I like this image. As Harry said, the contrast between the harsh lines of the man made structure and the softness of the water is good.
It is a busy image and the cropping suggested by others may help. But I like the business. I also like the three green bushes that add a little colour to an otherwise monochrome image.
I tried a harsh crop to your image, Just to see what it would look like, but I am not sure it has improved your image   Posted: 05/10/2020 19:33:58
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Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for the comments and edit. I agree   Posted: 05/11/2020 13:29:41

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
I like your picture.You made the dam look nicer.Your setting is great,so the water becomes white silk.No comments needed.   Posted: 05/20/2020 16:05:38