Larry Treadwell  

A Touch of Pink by Larry Treadwell

June 2020 - A Touch of Pink

About the Image(s)

Nike D800, 24-70mm f2.8 lens @ 26mm. ISO 100, f20, 6 seconds
Taken with CPR filter and 6 stop ND filter. Tripod and cable release.

A brisk 2 mile, up-hill hike while in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains on a gloomy and cloudy day took me to the 4 tiered cascade with a total drop of 125 feet. Pictured here is the upper tier. I always shoot my waterfalls on days such as this because the soft even light created by nature’s softbox (the clouds) provides the most flattering light for falling water. Note there is no harsh light to burn the white water and ruin the image. I wanted to add a feeling of springtime to the scene and used the pink mountain laurel as a contrast to the dark rocks and moss covered rocks. The circular polarizer was used to not only reduce the glare but more importantly to reveal the stones beneath the water’s surface. The stop spot ND filter allowed me to use a slow shutter speed to accumulate enough running water to bring a touch of brightness to the scene. All I had to do was wade across the splash pool and scramble up a few rock to place my tripod in the midst of the flowering laurel.

Processing included opening the darkest shadows, bringing down the highlights of the water and selectively enhancing the colors of the laurel. I also added a white balance taken directly from the waters of the falls and used an adjustment brush to darken the splash poll in a selective fashion.

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

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Beautiful environmental image Larry. I loved the contrasty lighting (more of an X mark). No glare in the water+ pure white water falls gives a fresh feel just by looking at the scene. I can imagine myself at the spot enjoying the fresh breeze.
I see the touch of pink could go up a little more either by bringing down the brightness on the flowers or increasing the saturation a tad. But again "less is more" sometimes and you as the creator of master pieces know better to present it. Super image again. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:01:08
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I think you are right about the flowers. I have worked on them a great deal and I am still not satisfied. You just may have the right idea.

Thanks.   Posted: 06/10/2020 07:24:37

Mark Winter   Mark Winter

Very nice light on this waterfall image. I like the balance of the flowers in the lower right, balancing with the leaves on the upper left. For me, I would have liked to see the flowers pulled back in brightness a bit, just to get a little more detail, but that is just my eye. Really nice image!   Posted: 06/10/2020 15:54:55

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Another great waterfall image for sure. You do such a good job with these kind of scenes, especially with the pool area below the falls. There is a lot of things going on in this image. I like the foreground a lot. It gives me as the viewer a place to stand and take in the scene. I am in agreement about the laurel. There is something that is off. I would have to play around with that some but I am thinking a little more color in the flowers (maybe-maybe not, but something). I know you opened up the dark areas some but I am thinking a little more would help. Not much, just a little on the lighter rock faces would do it. I will admit you lost me after the 1st uphill mile. I commend you for your effort to capture the shot you undoubtedly have pictured before hand.   Posted: 06/13/2020 16:18:33
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
At least i got an image on this trip. I walked seven miles to get to a falls and a huge tree had fallen and I couldn't even see the falls.

But thanks, this is a favored falls and it photographs really well.   Posted: 06/13/2020 17:22:00

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
I like the use of bright foliage in diagonal corners of the image. Instead of being distracting, it sets off the waterfall nicely. I know you have done the best possible with the highlights on the flowers and foliage of the laurel. I would have used the adjustment brush in LR to bring down the highlights and increase saturation on the flowers, which I'm sure did in PS. As usual, a great image.   Posted: 06/16/2020 10:24:17
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Thanks Michael

They don't look this washed out on my monitor. But you are right---I liked how they set off the falls. I'll have to check my monitor calibrations for the brightness.

I appreciate your comment. You guys keep me on my toes.   Posted: 06/16/2020 11:12:43

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Beautiful long exposure with the water captured from the falls and the smoothness of the pool below. The upper portion of the image is smooth and flowing from the siding lighting on the tree leaves and rock wall to the water flowing over into the pool.

Regarding the flowers, I did play with this side a little more, adjusted the highlights, brought down the shadows, added a little sharpening and increased some contrast. See what you think. The flowers were too washed out and became a distraction against the more shadowed image overall.

You always have an eye for great shots and I enjoy reading how you used your techniques to capture your images. I really like how the image is balanced with the rocks in the foreground and the flowers along the right edge, leading up to the rock wall diagonally. I played with the image a bit in LR and looked at cropping down the left side a bit, but did not like the way it flowed.   Posted: 06/20/2020 07:29:01
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Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Love the laurel in the right lower corner. The overall image flows very well, my eyes were drawn from one point to the next.   Posted: 06/22/2020 16:55:46

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
Hi Larry
Gorgeous image beautifully framed shutter speed spot on its mystical.   Posted: 06/27/2020 15:45:55
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Thanks, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Drop by next month and get the down stream view of the basin. :-)   Posted: 06/27/2020 16:06:24
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
I most certainly will Larry thanks for the heads up.
Take care and stay safe my friend.
Ian   Posted: 06/28/2020 14:48:39

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 57)
Great shot Larry; I luv waterfalls but most that we have here in WI don't have the vertical drop this one does. As others have mentioned, nice composition, well balance. Mother natures soft box is great. As for the flowers, maybe going into layers, adding a fill-layer, use eyedropper to pick color fro existing flowers, use one of the Blend modes, maybe soft light, then paint the white over exposed parts with just a touch of color may tap down that white look.   Posted: 06/28/2020 14:38:54