Jason Stewart  

Rickets Glen State Park Falls by Jason Stewart

November 2020 - Rickets Glen State Park Falls

About the Image(s)

I took this at rickets glen state park while hiking with my daughter. Edited in light room for saturation and a touch of highlights.

5D iii, 20 sec. f/8 24mm ISO 320 with 10 stop ND

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5 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I feel you found a beautiful location and I really like the way the falls reverses direction from the drop to the runoff stream. The stream creates a great leading line back to the falls and the downed log makes a nice frame.

I can tell from your settings that you wanted to blur the water but I would question your actual settings. Waterfalls create their own wind and in your case it appears you also had a bit of breeze as well. The lack of sharpness in the image is caused by the wind moving the leaves on the trees. You selected an aperture of f8 but then added a 10 stop ND filter. That pushed your shutter speed to 20 seconds and you ended up with a great deal of leaf movement. By closing your lens to f20 you could have reduced the length of the shutter and cut down on that blur in the leaves. Is the 10 stop the only NF filter you have? If you have a 6 or a 4 stop ND that would have allow the same exposure you have now, but without as long of a shutter speed and less blue in the trees.

I have two suggestions for getting a cleaner result with less leaf blur. If you notice the area to the right of the falls is overexposed as your camera tried work with the bright area near the falls and the dark shadows everywhere else. First, I would suggest spot metering and set your exposure for the falls area. That would bring the over exposed area into proper exposure. You could bring up the shadows in post processing. It would also reduce your exposure time and cancel the blurred leaves.

You could also do this as two shots and layer the results in Photoshop. Take one image metering and properly exposing the falls. Then take a second image metering and exposing for the shadows. Layer and blend the results in photo shop.

You could also wait for the sun to pass behind a cloud reducing the brightness and then take the image as a single exposure.

  Posted: 11/05/2020 13:48:24
Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Thank you, I find my landscapes and particularly long exposures need work. What shutter speed would you have used at F20?   Posted: 11/19/2020 19:03:48

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Hi Jason. That's a beautiful waterfall. Just looking at your image and thinking what I would do in Lightroom. I would bring down the highlights and lighten the shadows overall. If needed I would use the adjustment brush to darken the bright sunlit area and lighten the dark area on the other side of the image. Be sure to set feathering to 100% so it's nice and smooth. I would try lowering the contrast and maybe increasing the clarity to see what that looks like. Then I would use the brush again to selectively increase sharpness, being careful not to sharpen the water. Nice image as-is, but just some ideas to try.   Posted: 11/09/2020 18:05:39
Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Thank you for the advice! I will definatly practice these things during the winter.   Posted: 11/19/2020 19:05:11

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Nice composition Jason. The image is a bit dark, especially in the foreground, but it is sharp, whereas the background is bright and blurred. It is always hard to shoot in mid-day light and the ND10 filter used allows you to actually shoot a longer exposure which you did at 20 sec. The issue with the long exposure time when it's breezy, is the blurriness of the leaves moving in the wind. The water coming off the falls in the background is nice and smooth which is most likely what you were trying to achieve.

The right upper portion of the image is blown out with light. Wondering if balancing the reflected light to the left side by lightening the shadows may balance the image a little better.

I love the colors you captured. Fall is by far my favorite season.   Posted: 11/21/2020 09:07:48