Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA  

Yellowstone Falls by Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA

May 2022 - Yellowstone Falls

About the Image(s)

This month is a bit different in that I have manipulated the image more than normal. The underlying bracket is five shots on a Canon 1D Mk IV with a 24-105 L lens around a base exposure of 1/15 at F 16, iso 200 at 32mm. The blend was done in Photomatix Pro 6 using the Photographic preset and then tweaked. Sharpening applied using Topaz Sharpen AI. Color enhanced using a curve on the a and b channels in Lab color and then bringing that version back into the source file in color blend mode. I went for a balance between the shaded side of the canyon and the waterfall by lightening the shaded canyon wall a little and applying a curve to the waterfall to bring the whites up a fair amount. If I left the shaded side of the canyon as normal it would scream overdone. Hopefully, It actually looks reasonable. I’ll be curious to see your thoughts.

1 comment posted

Max Burke   Max Burke
One of America's most photographed places with different moods based on time of day, weather, and season. I have some images when the water was still running but in mostly behind a frozen build-up of ice near the bottom. Back to your image. You have captured a well-composed image and your success in giving us a clearly sharp Lower Falls and some detail on the shadowed side of the canyon. The river clearly leads any images from Artist Point with a nice curving series of lines with clarity that stands out to the viewer. You had a good sky and it was interesting enough to show nicely in this image. I often have to reduce the sky, depending on how it can balance out in the picture. Nice work Rick.   Posted: 05/09/2022 18:04:53


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