Brad Ashbrook  

Laurel Falls by Brad Ashbrook

January 2020 - Laurel Falls

January 2020 - Brad Ashbrook


About the Image(s)

Happy New Year!
This is probably not the best example of HDR as you can see from the original. It has been a crazy last 4 weeks having bought a house and moved 2 residences. Now it is the 10th and I need to submit an image. This was taken during my October fall foliage trip to the Great Smokey Mountains. I think the toughest part of this image was cropping.. I also shot this as a portrait, but I like how the wide angle version of the landscaped seemed to visually widen the lower falls. I actually processed this in Aurora 2019, seemed to align ok since I was on a tripod. The controls in the new version are a little more refined. The main edit was to darken and desaturate the lower rock area which went a little blue.

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5 comments posted

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
The alignment is just OK at best! However, the 2018 version still does a better job of merging on a Mac. At least on my monitor, the secondary & comment images seemed to be getting crushed more than usual. Not much detail in any of the images.

Even though I like the refinement in 2019, I am still going to use 2018 until they fix this issue on a Mac. Unfortunately it probably won't be available until the next release and I will have to pay for it.   Posted: 01/10/2020 08:47:02
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Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Beautiful job.   Posted: 01/10/2020 23:02:01

Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
The result looks entirely natural for the tonal range and colors, so that part worked well. I can't see the misalignment, but if it isn't glaring it is often the type of thing that seems to jump out only because you know where to look. Given the two distinct tonal ranges between the water and the rocks, is it worth trying to do a luminosity blend?   Posted: 01/12/2020 13:07:40

Max Burke   Max Burke
Falls in the Autumn always make for a good image. Your exposure and timing so the water blends out reasonably, resulting in a pleasant flowing image of gravity and nature down a nice layer of natural stones. I don't notice any misalignment, but your second image seems better as the darker setting brings out the colors and water, to me, add more impact.   Posted: 01/22/2020 12:37:26

Mahmoud Raslan   Mahmoud Raslan
I like the cropped version. Blending is good with beautiful color tones. So nice effect of low shuttering on the flowing water stream. Beautiful composition and texture.   Posted: 01/31/2020 08:16:04