Don Poulton  

Rushing Stream by Don Poulton

July 2021 - Rushing Stream

July 2021 - Don Poulton


July 2021 - Don Poulton

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July 2021 - Don Poulton

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About the Image(s)

Pandemic restrictions are slowly easing, but not very fast yet here in Ontario, so I went to a conservation area less than an hour from my home in search of a waterfall that I had noticed on the web. I didn't find very much, but did a series of images on a rushing stream that only had a small amount of water in it. I tone mapped the bracketed images in Aurora HDR 2019, then brought the result into Photoshop, along with a copy of the underexposed bracket. I used a mask to bring in a portion of the underexposed image over brighter areas away from the stream, in an effort to reduce glare from the rocks (in retrospect, I should have used a polarizer when shooting the scene). I wasn't satisfied with the sharpness of the image, so I ran it through Topaz Sharpen AI, which gave the best result with the motion blur option. Finally I added a slight vignette.

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3 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Don, I'm also glad the restrictions are easing up. Your subject matter is interesting, and enjoyable. What were your settings? Your rock at the bottom of the photo is what I saw first and then I moved up the stream. I belive you may have over sharpen the moss on the rocks. In photo #2 the moss is, I believe, sharper and has more color in it. A polarizer would have been a good addition.   Posted: 07/10/2021 11:57:46
Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Thanks, Richard. I used f/16 and ISO 200, with shutter speeds of 0.2, 0.8, and 3.2 sec. (a usual +/- 2 stop bracket). Looking back at the individual images in Lightroom, I see what you mean, the moss is definitely a bit sharper in image 2. It looks softer in image 3, maybe this caused that result (I was using a tripod). So I decided to redo the image, using Nik HDR Efex Pro. The result was decidedly different, but started out a bit noisy, so I took it through Topaz AI Clear. Then I added a similar vignette. I did not need to add any of the underexposed bracket.   Posted: 07/20/2021 09:18:27
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Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
You have captured exactly what flowing water looks like. A pleasant, calming image. The twigs on the right are a bit distracting but I like it.   Posted: 07/24/2021 14:38:56