Carol Sheppard  

Palouse Falls by Carol Sheppard

October 2019 - Palouse Falls

October 2019 - Carol Sheppard


About the Image(s)

Taken at high noon at the Palouse Falls because it is a very long ride out there!! I didn't have the heart to stay long enough to have the light shift again.
The settings were ISO800, 75mm with my Olympus Mirrorless using a 14-150mm lens. I worked mainly in lightroom to adjust the black and white points and bring the highlights down, burning a bit here and there. I used the luminosity slider to raise some shadow areas, as well as a curves adjustment.

3 comments posted

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Carol, I like the color of the water which is pleasing and inviting. I like the splashes the water provides. I do think some of your highlights could be lowered a bit more, especially in the rocks at the top although you did a good job of lowering them from the original.

I wonder why, if you were in harsh light you used such a high ISO?   Posted: 10/02/2019 17:20:54

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Like Lisa I was wondering about your choice of ISO. The mid-day light was already working against you and you did not need a fast shutter speed. Waterfalls are tricky unless the sky is overcast or the falls are in shadow (this one is in shadow early in the morning from my experience). However, if you had a 10 stop ND filter or some stackable ones in your kit, that may have done the trick. As for post processing reducing luminosity was probably helpful. You might also try to apply graduated NP to the landscape area at the top. This image is one that will always remind you of your trip, but for me, it is not a show-stopper. Galen Rowell once said, "Sometimes you just have to murder your darlings." I'm not saying to trash it; you might want to keep it, but just for yourself in my opinion.   Posted: 10/06/2019 10:59:11

John Roach   John Roach
Carol, I will not add to much to what Sharon has offered. I think she is right on target. While I like the composition, the harshness of the light impacts color and tone. I do wonder about the ISO and what was your shutter speed and your aperture.   Posted: 10/13/2019 11:56:44


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