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Waterfall Fern by Steve Knight

January 2021 - Waterfall Fern

January 2021 - Steve Knight

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This photo was taken in Olympic National Park along the Hoh rainforest trail, appropriately named as it was raining. I've never seen so many shades of green. This is a detail of a huge fern that was growing next to a waterfall. My first adjustments were in Lightroom where I increased the contrast of the slightly different green shades using the targeted HSL saturation tool. There was just enough difference in the yellow between the light and dark parts of the leaves that it increased the contrast by adding saturation to the darker shades. Next it was to Ps and the black and white conversion adjustment. I then used the levels adjustment to further get the tonality the way I wanted it. Back in Lightroom I added a bit more clarity to get more pop in the leaves then slightly adjusted the crop.


10 comments posted




David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
This has great texture and tones. The composition leaning in from bottom left works well to pull the eye in. Although technically done well I find nothing to hold my attention and I think a thin stroke would help hold the eye in the image as it tends to blend with the black background.   Posted: 01/06/2021 10:20:28
Steve Knight   Steve Knight
I'll admit not one of my best. This was mostly an exercise in tone and texture, trying to get tone gradation out of what is basically a flat color image, so thanks for recognizing that. But I've got what I think is a good one for next month!   Posted: 01/06/2021 14:36:43
David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Been there done that, I think we all have to try things out now and then.   Posted: 01/06/2021 15:11:04



Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
What this does do, it shows off very well how much great monochrome images are at are doorstep, we just have to look.
This has some lovely shapes and some good texture and tones, just those highlights are a touch harsh, bring them back as detail is there to make a better balance this image would pop. I like these type of images, as said they are bread and butter images but they can be very beautiful and make for amazing prints. Just have another go with the highlights, luminosity masks would love this image.   Posted: 01/11/2021 06:31:27



Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Steve, your image encourages me to go to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. They have a room with ferns. I like the Color version and just think that if you back off a little with the contrast and clarity you will like it even better. While your in Adobe Camera RAW before going into PS, play with the sliders a little. Your issues may just be fixed right there. So manny things can be fixed in the RAW area before going into Lightroom or Photoshop. Jerry   Posted: 01/13/2021 16:55:49



Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Steve, your image encourages me to go to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. They have a room with ferns. I like the Color version and just think that if you back off a little with the contrast and clarity you will like it even better. While your in Adobe Camera RAW before going into PS, play with the sliders a little. Your issues may just be fixed right there. So manny things can be fixed in the RAW area before going into Lightroom or Photoshop. Jerry   Posted: 01/13/2021 16:55:50



Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Steve, your image encourages me to go to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. They have a room with ferns. I like the Color version and just think that if you back off a little with the contrast and clarity you will like it even better. While your in Adobe Camera RAW before going into PS, play with the sliders a little. Your issues may just be fixed right there. So manny things can be fixed in the RAW area before going into Lightroom or Photoshop. Jerry   Posted: 01/13/2021 16:55:52



Larry Crook   Larry Crook
I took a number of shots of the ferns when I was in the Hoh Rainforest last October. It was raining then too! The day I was there the sky was a uniform white so that the light seemed to fall down like rain. The light in your image seems harsh and uneven. The composition is excellent, as are the texture, tones, and focus. I would encourage you to return and try again when the light is better.   Posted: 01/16/2021 11:06:32
Steve Knight   Steve Knight
We were hoping to go back last summer, but, on well...

This was a day where it was drizzling rain for an hour the the clouds would part for 15 minutes and the light would stream in. Most of the time it was a bright overcast perfect for capturing the greens of the rainforest. I didn't know there were so many shades of green!   Posted: 01/17/2021 19:49:42



Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
The "Z" form with the stems lead the eyes. This is a good composition.
The texture of the leaf (ferns) and the multiple shades of greys make this image very interesting.
I have the impression the highlight part of the image is more highlighted is the B&W version than in the color one. May be a little too much for me...   Posted: 01/21/2021 07:11:01



 

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