Lisa Auerbach  

Great Falls by Lisa Auerbach

May 2020 - Great Falls

May 2020 - Lisa Auerbach


About the Image(s)

I love the different ways the water flows at Great Falls depending on how heavily it has rained. I thought a monochrome would be an interesting way to show the flow of water this day.
After using basic Bridge slides, I used NIK to remove noise. Then I cropped the image. I used Silver Efex Pro 2 for a monochrome view. I lightened a bit of the rock in the bottom left corner.
Settings: Tripod Mounted Canon EOS R and Canon 24-105 @ 24mm; f/13; 1/4; ISO 100

7 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Beautiful scene. If it were mine, I'd boost the contrast a bit. I have to say that the dead plant right in the middle bothers me but I don't think there's anything to be done about it would a good deal of work in PS. I would probably remove it. I think painting in some clarity and texture on the waterfall might also bring out its character and maybe burn slightly the edges of the left hand stream attempting draw the eye toward the falls. I like the monochrome treatment and like your crop.
  Posted: 05/07/2020 15:32:41

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I gave thought to the plank and decided to keep it in since it is balanced. It makes me wonder how much water it would it took to put it there and how much it would take to knock it down.
I'll play with your other suggestions. I did use clarity but will look again at my product.   Posted: 05/07/2020 15:50:15

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I like that you cropped this scene down to focus on the small waterfall. Your use of a slow shutter speed gives a soft feel to the flowing water. Your conversion to monochrome is very effective and works well with this scene. I would suggest that you darken the top right corner so it matches the tone of the other rocks on that side. Also a very slight crop at the bottom to remove the sliver of darker water. I have had "border patrol" drilled into my head so I often look at the edges of images to see what might be distracting. Nicely done.   Posted: 05/08/2020 18:58:05

John Roach   John Roach
Wonderful crop with a resulting composition that works well. The overall depth of field appears quite nice. I would like to see more contrast and detail in the rocks and perhaps just slight vignette to focus my eye. The water is awesome.   Posted: 05/14/2020 13:12:47

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I like the silky look of the water as it comes over the falls. Just below where it meets the stream bed again it is much softer, and for me, if a little more contrast and detail could be brought out in that area it would improve the image. I think you made a good choice to leave the flat white sky out of the frame. I see Pamela's point about the sliver of dark at the bottom, and now that it has been pointed out I would also suggest removing it. But it is only a tiny little distraction. I always look for good tonal range in monochromes, and I think you have achieved it.   Posted: 05/15/2020 14:01:08

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
I like the way you have cropped this image and agree with everyone else with a little more contrast. I had a thought while looking at this - the B&W rocks and vegetation work well but I also like the silvery/blue color of the water in your original. I think that might create a very interesting image. To be honest I have no idea how to do it but have seen many other images done that way and be very effective. Just a thought.   Posted: 05/20/2020 10:21:13

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
The crop is great and the monochrome is perfect for showing the power of the water. I especially like the narrow stream of water pouring out of the "window" to the right of the main fall. I agree with others that a bit more contrast would be nice.   Posted: 05/27/2020 17:44:53


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