Kaylyn Franks  

Palouse Falls by Kaylyn Franks

January 2020 - Palouse Falls

January 2020 - Kaylyn Franks


About the Image(s)

Palouse Falls B&W was taken at Palouse Falls in Washington. Canon 5D Mark III, Tamron 24-70 2.8, ISO 500, 24mm, f/22, 30.0 sec. Processed in LR with minor adjustments, then Silver Effects Pro, then into Photoshop. I am learning Tony Kuypers TK7 PS actions and can't remember what action I took in PS, but it crisped up the B&Ws. Back to LR for a final crop.

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7 comments posted

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Waterfalls don't always make good monochrome images but this one is quite nice. The details come out well which seems to sharpen the image. I sort of thought perhaps cropping it more to concentrate on the waterfall?   Posted: 01/12/2020 20:00:11
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Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Very nice job with this picture, Kaylyn. As long as Ansel Adams's legacy lives on landscapes will always make for good black and white subjects. As with Mikes's picture this month, this image also says "American west." Nice tonal range from black to white and quite good contrast. I keep going back and forth as regards Marti's thoughts on the cropping -- yes, there could be more detail in the falls, but the way you have it here there is more a sense of vastness and desolation. Either way works well.   Posted: 01/13/2020 18:10:31

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
This is a great image for a black-and-white and I think you composed it very well. I think it could use just a bit more brightening using levels in Photoshop. And I do agree that cropping on the right side just a bit would help focus on the falls. I don't believe that massive cliff on the right adds all that much to your subject. Great exposure on the water!   Posted: 01/23/2020 21:28:50

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
This is great improvement from the original and apart from all that has been said, if we want to concentrate more on the waterfall, what about this cropping?   Posted: 01/24/2020 19:30:37
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Your processing was perfect for this image. I'm undecided about the cropping. I like Joe's, but I think yours gives more scale and perspective to the scene. The foreground shows great detail. Good work.
  Posted: 01/26/2020 16:48:04

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
Great feedback. I too went back and forth on the cropping and settled on the one I submitted to illustrate the vastness of the area.

On a side note, I won a Revili Album from ACI valued at $265 at a workshop I attended. I had never heard or seen this type of album. I decided to feature all my waterfalls. I got to go all out with the cover, pages, trim, paper type and finish. I included this photo in the collection. I was stunned with the results of the album. The photo printing is some of the finest I have ever seen.   Posted: 01/27/2020 11:12:54

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I love black and white photography and have a bit of disagreement with Marti. If shot properly like yours, waterfalls indeed can make gorgeous photos (think Ansel Adams at Yosemite.) Joe's crop seems perfect as it removes the blank space across the top of your image. By the way, you used a Tamron lens. I'm considering a Tamron 100-600 for birds and wildlife on our ranch and for my trips to Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge. Have you had any experience with this lens? I've seen photos from this and they appear quite sharp. In fact, two of Audubon's 2019 award-winning photos were shot with this lens.   Posted: 01/28/2020 08:45:24