Jerry Hug, APSA  

Rosemont Falls-B/W by Jerry Hug, APSA

July 2021 - Rosemont Falls-B/W

About the Image(s)

Rosemont Falls are located 10 minutes from my home. The original was shot in color using “Live Photo” on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Live Photo is really a 3 second Video and has a setting called Long Exposure which gives moving water the smooth look that I like.

The original was edited in the iPhone Image Edit with the Setting Auto. This Computational setting used 10 different tools automatically and is non destructive. I then when into the Snapseed app and worked on the colors and various settings which uses Stacks (like Layer Masking ) in Photoshop. Once I had the best color rendition I left the Mobile apps and went to the New Photoshop Camera RAW setting where I made the conversion into B/W. I also tweaked Midtone contrast and De Haze. Then I went into Topaz Studio 2 and did a Clean AI editing followed by Topaz De Noise AI and followed by Topaz Gigapixel to enlarge the image 2 times. I then did additional dodge and burn areas and used the Spot healing tools on various layers. My goal was to show the sharp rocks and textures and still maintain the beauty of the silk like moving water in the B/W waterfalls and soft clouds. The area that I selected for this image was just 1/4 of the total Walls in this unique area set aside by the Village of Rosemont for visitors. The location is about 1/2 mile from Ohare Field (The City of Chicago’s largest airport)

10 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Many layers to see here with the multi levels of falls and rocks. I like the inclusion of some very interesting clouds. Th water, even though smooth still has some texture to it, in some areas a lacy look.

I have tried the Live Photo function but never pulled it off the phone. When you download it from the phone is it one image or multiple? Are the images merged on the phone or later in processing or do you just take one image from the video?   Posted: 07/01/2021 15:18:50
Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Turn on "Live Photo" Shot your images and then turn it OFF!

Open the image in Recent Album. Click on the Live Photo mark in the upper Left hand side. Pull up from the bottom and select the last setting on the right called Long Exposure. Works on anything moving. I love water or Trains or cars going by.

Be sure to hold still while shooting so you have something in the photo not moving. The Long Exposure setting is easy and you get good results every time. Once it is locked in, you do not have to do anything else. It is no longer a video. Jerry   Posted: 07/01/2021 15:47:42
David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
  Posted: 07/01/2021 16:08:27

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
Very nice image! The focus is sharp throughout and the water has a wonderful ephemeral look. This composition is good, but next time I would like to see more of the falls.

Did you take this handheld? It seems like a lot of editing (work) to go through all the steps you did - is it always necessary?
I'm seriously thinking about getting an iPhone 12 pro max.   Posted: 07/02/2021 22:30:29
Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Yes, I had held and used a railing to give support. I wanted the rocks and trees to be sharp. Only the moving water was my goal. There was a few little presses that did blow around.

The editing work was fast and easy with the 12 Pro Max. Writing things out makes it sound like a big deal.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most advanced cellphone for photography. Bar none. You as a photographer will find it is very exciting to use with good results.   Posted: 07/10/2021 08:23:37

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Well that has come out well, we would have to have it on a tripod with so many filters on the lens to get anywhere near this. It does give me the feeling of fairy falls. I would like just a touch more tones in the rocks but that is nick picking. This is lovely and I must leave my camera at home and get the Samsung out.   Posted: 07/14/2021 14:25:18
Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Paul, does your Samsung have anything like the iPhone "Love Photo"? It really is not a photo. It is 3 second video. It actually captures before and after you click the button. Crazy I know. Three areas where I use it. Waterfall and Mountain fast moving streams, Passing by fast trains, and moving carnival rides like ferris wheels etc. After taking the photo, you have three choices: Loop, Bounce and Long exposure. I use the long exposure. The other 2 choices are kind of cute things but do not interest me. If you have a friend that has an iPhone, have them show you how it works. Jerry
  Posted: 07/20/2021 16:20:07
Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
I will do that next weekend as all my daughters have iPhones. But my phone has a function where you shoot in video and pull still images from the video. I have only had it for a while and not as yet had a play with it. I must get to grips with it.   Posted: 07/22/2021 05:51:55

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Beautiful image Jerry. You surprise me with your iPhonography as always. When the guys at YPS had your presentation, I informed them get prepared to be inspired. I missed the event due to my hospital work and also I am a rare creature if you would call...since I do not use a mobile phone even for the routine! Coming to your is spectacular. Nitpicking, I would prefer some more blacks on the rocks to create contrast in the lower half of the frame so that the whites sparkle. Good light to you Jerry.   Posted: 07/23/2021 15:21:28

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
It is already a pleasure to read the story of the work done to realize this picture. Impressive. Even if you write it is fast and easy ...
The stones and the trees are well sharp.
I prefer the structure of the water at the right part of the image. I have the impression it has more structure and sharp.
The sky with the beautiful clouds are also nice, except the left part of the clouds (less structure).   Posted: 07/26/2021 09:18:33


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