Jane Ballard  

Stacked by Jane Ballard

May 2023 - Stacked

About the Image(s)

This image is from the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. I took three bracketed images (-2, 0, +2), merged them in LR, and made some general adjustments. ISO 400, 24mm, f/11, 1/640

7 comments posted

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
A clean smooth rendering of a tranquil scene. The soft lighting makes this image. I have found that a little tinkering with the Luminance and saturation of greens and yellows in camera raw enhances the foliage. I also applied a slight gradient mask to the foreground to tone down the rocks.   Posted: 05/08/2023 13:38:47
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Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Everything leads to that rock wall. Funny how we think of things that are in the center as static and yet it works very effectively in this case. Nice job on the blend. I think Bill's idea of toning the foreground rocks down a touch has merit.   Posted: 05/09/2023 18:34:39

Max Burke   Max Burke
Jane, your image has a good composition with the river flow, cliffs, interesting rock cliffs, and colorful vegetation. I attempted to add contrast to it but felt what Bill sent in worked well, and the contrast wasn't much different.   Posted: 05/17/2023 16:57:32

Don Poulton   Don Poulton
I like Bill's interpretation of the image, the foliage looks more vibrant and the toned down foreground rocks keeps the eye in the image better than the original. I might try to enhance the color of the sky a little bit.   Posted: 05/22/2023 14:24:24

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
I think the low angle and composition work very nicely. I must say I agree with Bill and everyone else with toning down of the foreground.   Posted: 05/22/2023 20:52:30

Jane Ballard   Jane Ballard
Thanks for all your comments! I need to learn to play with gradients and such. I'm not very proficient at PS or LR and am still learning different techniques. I agree with the toning down of the rocks - that looks MUCH better!   Posted: 05/23/2023 08:31:32

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
I like the angle and composition, but the image falls a little flat to me tone wise. I would pop the sky a little more (especially since this is HDR, and nowadays you can select and mask and edit just the sky too, making some HDR needs much less) and tone down the foreground rocks.   Posted: 05/25/2023 23:34:57


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