Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  


Kings River Falls by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

January 2020 - Kings River Falls

January 2020 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

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About the Image(s)

This image was captured in Late October. Our fall color was less than what we had hoped for so I decided monochrome was an option to try. As I mentioned last month, I am really working to achieve more drama and impact in my monochrome images, so quite a bit of post processing went into this.
I started with 3 exposures 1 2/3 stops apart. I used my 5DMIV and a 24-70 mm lens. I added stacked ND filters - I tried a lot of different combinations as the light changed, but I think this one was done with about 7 to 9 stops...sorry not sure. The image posted as "original" is actually the HDR as created by NIK prior to any additional processing.
I have learned that the best monochromes come from the best color images, although they almost always need to be further tweaked after conversion. I first did my dodge and burn in Viveza and also added saturation and warmth to some of the trees. Then in Color Efex I applied Tonal Contrast and Reflector Effects (silver with light coming from lower left corner). I used Silver Efex for the monochrome conversion choosing the "Intensify" recipe. I also added some control points and adjusted the brighness and detail in the water that is in the foreground.
So, does it pop? Are there any additional suggestions that I might try to make this image capture and retain a viewer's attention?


This round’s discussion is now closed!
16 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
A beautiful image that really captures my attention. I feel it works best in monochrome. To me the color version looks a little "muddy" but the monochrome was great detail and depth of field. My only suggestion would be to tone down the bright area in the back of the image where the sun is shining through the clouds. My eye wants to drift make there instead of staying in the foreground and middle of the image. Beautiful composition.   Posted: 01/09/2020 13:06:58
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Pamela, and welcome to our group. I appreciated your suggestions. I have tried to tone down the bright area you indicated. If you see that I have missed any of the areas that seem too bright please let me know.   Posted: 01/11/2020 20:48:06
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Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I like this image a lot but was going to raise the same points as Pamela. I might also suggest a partial vignette, darkening the trees and further lead the view down the river, and maybe a bit in the lower right corner as well.   Posted: 01/10/2020 13:19:20
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Mike. Everyone seems to agree on this one. I have tried to tone down the bright area you indicated. If you see that I have missed any of the areas that seem too bright please let me know. The edited is posted with my reply to Pamela.   Posted: 01/11/2020 20:49:22

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I had to go back and re-read each step as you listed them, then look again at your image. I especially like your treatment of the lower left corner. The light captures my attention, then I am taken diagonally across the image. The different textures keep me looking. I agree that mono is a good treatment, and you have done it well.
I think the background trees and sky (upper right) might be a bit too bright compared to the whole image. Some of the detail is lost. My suggestion is to dial back the highlights a bit just in that area.
  Posted: 01/11/2020 18:09:49
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Lisa. Everyone seems to agree on this one. I have tried to tone down the bright area you indicated. If you see that I have missed any of the areas that seem too bright please let me know. The edited is posted with my reply to Pamela.   Posted: 01/11/2020 20:50:24
Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
It is better but for me, still a bit bright just where the clouds come down to the V shaped group of trees. The trees should be slightly darker. They are getting the glow of the sun but still need more definition.
Mike's idea of a vignette may be interesting; however the image holds up well without it.   Posted: 01/12/2020 06:33:38

John Roach   John Roach
Sharon, the depth of field, composition and perspective is excellent. I really like the foreground, mid section for tonal quality, texture and overall balance, I think the image starts to have issues as my eye moves to and beyond the brightest tree on the left where there is convergence. It seems to be too bright and the sky and trees do not blend well. If you can do some selective toning you might be able to get back some structure and darken what is too bright.

As a side note, I have found that good color is not always needed to create a quality monochrome. In my opinion it is much more about shadows, quality, contrast, structure and angle of light. Sometimes that can be the case in a so so color image that will turn into a dramatic Monochrome.

In any case, your image is wonderful if that distant portion is enhanced.
  Posted: 01/11/2020 19:26:40
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks for your comments, John/ Everyone seems to agree on this one. I have tried to tone down the bright area you indicated. If you see that I have missed any of the areas that seem too bright please let me know. The edited is posted with my reply to Pamela.   Posted: 01/11/2020 20:52:17

John Roach   John Roach
That look much better. Printing it will tell the entire story about if it works.   Posted: 01/12/2020 09:09:26

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Sharon, your composition is wonderful. The crop works very well, and suggests that you are standing in the churning water. Where were you standing? Are those mountains in the upper right? The river draws my eye up the V in the trees. The detail in the rocks and lichens is lovely. The software you used in post processing is unfamiliar to me. I have much to learn. I agree that the edits you made in response to Pamela have made this great image even better. For me this image most certainly does pop, and has an unpredictable affect: the energy in that water generates a sense of peacefulness.   Posted: 01/22/2020 14:40:16
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Judith. The water was way too deep there to get into it, but there is a flat rocky ledge almost down at the water level. With a a bit of careful maneuvering I was able to get down there. I think the comments this month have really helped me improve this image. I am looking forward to seeing how it will do in competition.   Posted: 01/22/2020 14:52:55

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
I like this image a lot. I have two areas of concern. First is the bright spot that everyone has mentioned and the second is the area of the lower right where the rocks go back and leave a black void without much detail. I don't know a lot of the the techniques that you usually use and explain but I think some of the more simple solutions are overlooked. I first went to raw to remove some of the shadows in the void area. Then went to levels and options with the dark & light button - ok - then on the Imput slider moved the center slider to the right to 70 and the Output slider on the right moved it to 207. This all added some darker contrast and did darken the light spot a bit. Back to raw and used the brush to tone down the bright spot even more.   Posted: 01/23/2020 09:46:02
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Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
So, are you saying you did this in Adobe Camera RAW?   Posted: 01/23/2020 09:59:00
Tom Brott   Tom Brott
I did it in Photoshop 2020 - that is all I use   Posted: 01/23/2020 11:11:37
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Got it. I wasn't sure since OnOne also has Camera RAW.   Posted: 01/23/2020 13:25:47