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Silver Run Falls by Brad Ashbrook

January 2022 - Silver Run Falls

January 2022 - Brad Ashbrook


January 2022 - Brad Ashbrook

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About the Image(s)

This was photographed just south of Cashiers NC on a fall foliage trip this past October. The processing was quite interesting! Capture One released a new version and based on customer demands added Panorama stitching and HDR. Usually version 1 of these types are not great and need some updates after the release. I used 5 photos from -2.3, -1.7, -1.0, -0.3 and 0.3 (not sure why I did 2/3 of a stop) with the slowest shutter speed at 1/8 of second. Capture One creates a DNG file that as you can see is quite flat and a bit over exposed in the original. Original 2 is with raw edits in Capture One, highlights at -100, exposure, contrast, shadows, clarity and dehaze. Then I brought it into Photoshop for cleanup, crop and DxO Viewpoint for optical corrections. Then I used NIK Color Efex 4 saturation and contrast. Then I tried loading the same images into Aurora and Photomatix with horrible results! The waterfalls were still badly clipped and other artifacts. NIK HDR Efex got the closest to an acceptable result but was difficult to make subtle adjustments. Some extra time would definitely be required and still had a grungy feel to the photos. The DNG created by Capture One was quite easy to edit and I think the waterfall looks pretty good considering the harsh light on it.

11 comments posted

Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
The main part of the blend is super. Smooth and realistic. The one problem I see is along the tree / sky border where the fine branches have picked up a cyan cast. The pines show it the most.   Posted: 01/05/2022 17:41:38
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
The shadow area of the pine trees?   Posted: 01/05/2022 18:16:21
Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Hi Brad, The border areas between the tree and the sky. Screen shot here.   Posted: 01/09/2022 08:38:45
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Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Brad, I like this image a lot. Years back there were a group of us that rented some horses and went riding up in the mountains not to far from there. All of a sudden there were bullets going right over our heads. We must have gotten close to a still or they thought we were revinuers! We turned around real fast!!! Anyway I like the falls and the deep greens in the shadows to the right of it. Nice fall colors. Only thing I might correct or not is the convergence of the trees on the right and left. Sorry for the story.   Posted: 01/08/2022 20:43:07
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Bullets flying.. I would be running out of there!
I agree with the trees to the right. I tried to correct the convergence with a couple methods but unfortunately a lot got cropped off.
  Posted: 01/10/2022 08:18:04

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
I like the overall composition. I believe your processing was just right although I may have preferred the shadows to be opened up just slightly.   Posted: 01/18/2022 14:39:18

Max Burke   Max Burke
This is a beautiful place and the lighting required an HDR approach. I feel it is a good image and I agree that the trees on the right are angling into the picture and the shadow could be just a little more light, even though it works.   Posted: 01/18/2022 15:09:12
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
When I tried straightening for those trees, the cropping became quite intense and cut off way too much. I tried to keep it natural and not get crazy with the shadows.   Posted: 01/18/2022 18:12:41

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
A pleasant scene, reads wonderfully left to right. A perfect scene for tonemapping.

-- open up the shadows a bit
-- teal from the sky got into the tree tops
-- tree on right leaning   Posted: 01/19/2022 02:31:27
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Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Curious, did you warp the image after cropping to retain a more rectangular ratio?   Posted: 01/19/2022 08:37:22
Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
yes, transform, warp   Posted: 01/19/2022 13:29:12


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