Jerry Hug, APSA  

A hidden falls for a small group of residents. by Jerry Hug, APSA

May 2023 - A hidden falls for a small group of residents.

About the Image(s)

I discovered this waterfall by accident and tried my luck on the best capture. Used my iPhone 14 Pro Mac in RAE and then cleaned up the image in Topaz AI. For this final image I used an old fashioned darkroom technique knows as Dodge/Burn. The Bruch tool in the app Snapseed has these excellent tools that most folks just pass over and never try. Probably because they never worked in a wet darkroom.This is my final image after dodging and burning. Added my watermark with the app Image Blender.Comments welcome.

6 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Wow, does not even look real. It's like a fairy land and I expect to see pixies hiding somewhere.

The tones and lighting are great and pull the eye from lower right up and through the falls. The smooth water works great to lend to the overall feel.

If I could pick on anything, maybe it is a bit too dark, but that's a creative choice.   Posted: 05/02/2023 11:57:08

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Just great. As wrote David, it quite unreal, "another world".
I also appreciate the guided lines, the stones and the softness of the water, the picture.
I find the upper left corner a little "blurred", not dark enough or with our enough structure. Just a minor remark in this beautiful image.   Posted: 05/10/2023 02:56:01
Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Thanks.   Posted: 05/10/2023 08:50:31

Kathryn Delany
Jerry good find, it definitely feels like something out of set design and fairy tale. Smoothing out the water like you did adds to that impression. The image feels a bit dark overall particularly the rocks. There is disconnect to the eye due to the haze over the top left background that would suggest mist or fog, however, it is not repeated on any other elements in the distance if that were true. the grasses in the middle foreground could be removed or burned back since the eye keeps returning there. Same for the bit of grass in the middle left row of the rocks. Bringing up the shadows of the rocks maybe would pull things together tonally. Try a crop from the bottom up and in from the left - I did a fast example to show what is possible. This whole image feels as though there is no straight horizon though - the flower beds are both on a curve - left and right. Particularly on the right the angle is pretty dramatic. The top of the falls is not straight, so overall a little unsettling to the viewers eye. It feels like a fisheye lens was used. Hope this is helpful   Posted: 05/17/2023 12:14:14
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Fran Yates   Fran Yates
I just love the tones. I like how the dark rocks are in contrast with the ethereal water. Since you are using your phone, are you able to do long exposures. I prefer your original crop as it allows us to follow the line of rocks and
arrive at the waterfall.
  Posted: 05/17/2023 15:23:56

Ken Wilkes   Ken Wilkes
I really like the long exposure effect on the water. The range of tones is very nice from blacks to whites and shades of grey. I would suggest darkening the plants in the upper left and the grasses slightly. They draw my eye away from the water which is the primary subject in this image. Otherwise very nice work!   Posted: 05/19/2023 11:30:21


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