Don Crow  

Untitled by Don Crow

May 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

This was shot near Highlands, N.C. We never found the name of the falls. We came across it because our GPS took of on a very unusual rout on a forest service road. We therefore found the falls quite by accident.
It’s a 5 shot HDR image
Camera Canon 7d mii
Lens Canon 24-105mm at 24mm
Shot at f/18, ¼ sec, ISO 400
Processed in Photomatix and Photoshop CC
Converted to monochrome in Photoshop

9 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
What makes this unique among falls images, Don, is the way the falls go behind the rocks, then continue again; makes for a very nice effect, and the way the falls blend into the water at the bottom is also a very nice touch. Someone is probably going to ask you to flip it, as it flows from right to left, but I have no problem with that, and find it very enjoyable overall.   Posted: 05/09/2020 11:01:43

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
This a a very interesting falls with a sort of cork-screw twist to it as Jack indicates.

For me deal breakers on water falls occur when parts of the falls are over exposed ad blown out. I really like the lower portion of the falls because the water retains detail. However in the upper portion there is one large section where the highlights are blown. This is the major reason I ONLY shoot waterfalls on cloudy or rainy days.

Thanks for posting, I like the image.   Posted: 05/18/2020 13:10:14
Don Crow   Don Crow
If you would notice the lack of distinct shadows. It was shot on a cloudy day. In fact it was raining lightly . It was a 5 shot HDR along with a long exposure which will cause you to lose some of the detail in the water. Sorry you find that objectionable, I don't.   Posted: 05/23/2020 13:41:00
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
It is your image If you like it then that is the way it belongss.   Posted: 05/23/2020 19:07:38

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I very much like water falls and to my way of looking this is a wonderful example. I really like (and have tried without a lot of success) to get the water of falls as blurred as you have been able to accomplish in this shot.

I really have no suggestions for improvement. To my eye a very well done shot and processed, especially in light of this being a 5 shot HDR composite.

Thank you very much for sharing it with us Don.   Posted: 05/23/2020 21:56:22

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I like this very much Don. Waterfalls make interesting B&W images, especially, like yours, where there is a variety of water volume passing over rocks, giving differing detail and interest.

I see the white area as not blown out, but a mass of water volume travelling at speed! The fact this is near the top is helpful as it takes my eye up there.

We're all shots taken at 1/4, with the HDR varied through the aperture? I'm not good at deciding the speed to use!

Interestingly, my new Olympus Camera has a live ND facility (2 to 5 EV options) which can be handheld down to about 1sec, because of the 7+ stop IS in lens/body. It's amazing looking through the viewfinder at the effect before taking the shot! I need to practice it when allowed to get out properly!   Posted: 05/24/2020 12:12:10
Don Crow   Don Crow
Thanks Adrian. I was shooting aperture priority so the shutter speed probably 1/2 stop either side of 1/4 sec.
It's amazing what these new camera can do. You could probably shoot that kind of exposure handheld. At least that's what a friend tells me about his Olympus.   Posted: 05/24/2020 17:31:22

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I, too, am planning to get out and practice using HDR on waterfalls when I can find one near me! I really like the results you have achieved. Hope you put this one on your wall, Don   Posted: 05/25/2020 15:29:16

John Erve   John Erve
Don, This is a nice exposure of the water falls that has just the right mix of smoothness and detail. The vertical format works well and it is nice to see where the waterfall begins. For me I think the large rock in the bottom right competes a little with the main subject of the falls so cropping a little off would lessen its emphasis. The log is a great compositional element leading my view in to the image. At the same time this log is right at the edge so in my mind having a little more room on the right side would prevent my eyes going to this intersection at the edge of the image and would help. Still, a very nice shot and a well-executed HDR image. Thanks for sharing it.   Posted: 05/30/2020 15:22:06


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