Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA  

Undine Falls by Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA

October 2020 - Undine Falls

About the Image(s)

This one is a bit of a twist on what we normally do. Shot back in 2012 with a Canon 7D, 24-105 L at F16, iso 200 base exposure of 0.13 sec with one shot either side at 1/20th and 0.3 sec. The basic blend was done in Aurora 2019 with all manual adjustments. After that into Photoshop where I tweaked the sharpening with Topaz Sharpen AI and then smoothed the waterfall, which was showing some grit, with Denoise AI. The twist is that we are usually shooting for a more brightly lit main subject. In this case, the surroundings are the bight areas and the main subject is what is down in the shadows. In the Fall you don’t really find a time of day when the light actually gets onto Undine, or at least I haven’t. There is a very mild vignette in place to hold back the edge brightness. Any heavier and things start to look off. I debated about desaturating the foliage, but decided against it. I did invert the mask for the vignette (I use Curves with a mask for my vignettes) and push the midtones and upper midtones on the falls up to boost them a little. The balance point I was looking for is where it still looks like the falls are in the shadows relative to the directly lit areas, but not so much so that they are over powered by their surroundings.

3 comments posted

Max Burke   Max Burke
The falls is terrific and it has great composition. On my screen, the trees and area other than the falls seems on the lighter yellow side. They have good detail, and could be a little more better with some slight darkening and contrast, but it does ensure the falls is the great attraction.   Posted: 10/11/2020 21:45:42
Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Max, Thanks for that feedback. I tweaked the contrast on the side areas and tried shifting the hues to more of a green. I may be overdone, but see how it looks.   Posted: 10/12/2020 09:00:55
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Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Pretty location and overall, a very nice image.. the waterfalls have a good flow and pleasant shutter speed. I see what Max is saying, the trees and canyon walls are very close in tone and similar in color. Perhaps in addition to increasing the green, reduce the wall color as well. If for pictorial usage, would like to do something with the lower left.   Posted: 10/12/2020 14:33:24


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