Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

Snake River Falls by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

November 2021 - Snake River Falls

November 2021 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA


About the Image(s)

This waterfall is located in North Central Nebraska. It is surrounded by private land and heavily protected by the Snake River Protection Group, so there is no public access to it. I captured the image from one of only two viewpoints that were available using my Canon 5DMIV and Canon 16-35 mm lens. The light ws bright and contrasty, so I added a 3 stop ND filter and a polarizing filter. The camera was tripod mounted.
I captured 5 exposures 2/3 stops apart and combined them in NIK HDR. I cropped and set white and black points in LR then did numerous selective adjustments in Viveza with the goal of added depth to the scene. I moved the image into OnOne Effects and added a blue filter to the sky, enhanced the foliage, added skylight and diffuse glow at about 30 percent opacity. I chose the Big Softy vignette but lightened is a bit. I will look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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12 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I love the composition with the river leading to the pine tree and a nice sky. However, the image looked like it needed more punch and had a kind of over sharpened look on my monitor. I did some dodging and burning in LR to emphasize the river. I also added some light to the sky and finally punched up the vibrance using NIK's Tonal Contrast.   Posted: 11/09/2021 11:04:40
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Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Good suggestions, Mike. I like the effect on the trees. Did you feel the over-sharpening was all over or in a particular part of the image? I used a diffuse glow, so thought that might have counteracted any over sharpening. Maybe I lowered the opacity too much.   Posted: 11/09/2021 11:58:18
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Thanks Sharon. The areas that looked over-sharpened to me were the pine trees, except the one in the right hand lower corner. It didn't look grossly oversharpened and it's possible it wasn't at all but just looked like that due to the HDR process. My taste runs against those programs which often add a look that subtly bothers me. I'm having a hard time putting it in words but it's just an effect that sometimes works but often does not.

Also, I agree that the image needed some blue. The original you shared does seem to have a yellow color cast.

Again, I love the image and would be a proud owner.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:13:31
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
That made me smile. After age 70 (that would be me) our color perception changes. And there are differences in color percepton of men and women. I honestly do not see a yellow color cast, and to my taste in your edit the sky is too blue.   Posted: 11/09/2021 14:08:21
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Me too on the age part.   Posted: 11/09/2021 14:17:50

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
(Group 4)
Sharon, this is an interesting dialogue. Just another "old guy's" input but here it is.

With respect to color balance I feel that you created an image that was true to what you saw as you stood there. Mike's is also believable but probably more like what some one would want to see on their wall - sharper, more intense colors.

At EK we often "tailored" 35mm films to a niche market (eg over saturated greens on summer consumer products so that everyone's burned out backyard still looked green when they showed pictures of their July 4th family picnic.)

For me, being true to what you saw is most important and I think this image can stand on its own with your original balance.   Posted: 11/10/2021 16:58:34

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Gary. I like the vivid look at times, but for this image, I think I want it to look more natural. In my opinion Mike is correct that some of the trees on the edges may be a bit over sharpened, so I plan to work on that, but leave the color as is.   Posted: 11/10/2021 20:16:22

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
What a lovely place and image. The original image has a very painterly and ethereal appearance. The pine trees have halos. Is that a processing or HDR artifact? In your processed version the halos are diminished, while the painterly and otherworldly appearances are retained. For my eyes there are two subjects: when I first look I see the pleasing yellow strip of trees in the center, then I find the waterfall. Together with the line of rock they lead the eye up and to the right. How grand that you had the opportunity to photograph this magical place.   Posted: 11/13/2021 13:49:19

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Judith. Yes the halos are an artifact that is common with HDR programs. It is possible to create HDR images manually, but it is a lot of work. I find it easier to deal with the halos after I create the HDR using NIK. The way I do it is to select the clone tool. Put it on darken and simply clone around the edges where the halos appear. Sometimes it is necessary to reduce the opacity of the brush - just depends on what the background looks like.   Posted: 11/13/2021 14:04:45

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
A beautiful tranquil scene. You were fortunate to be able to photograph it. I find myself torn between the original and the edited version. I like the more green color of the background trees in the original. To me it seems the background trees in the edited version have taken on a blue hue possibly from the enhancement of the sky. I like the foreground trees better in the edited image as they are more green instead of yellow. I like the composition with the stream leading to the waterfall and then the stream going off to the right. The stream leads my eye from the bottom right up to the waterfall, to the background and around to the right along the cliff and background trees. A lot of interesting comments to ponder.   Posted: 11/14/2021 13:29:43
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks for your comments Pam. You observatons about the background trees seems right on to me, and fortunately is easily fixable. I wish I could have photographed this in different light, but it is so far off the beaten path and very hard to find the observation point that it would be difficlut to do it at sunrise or sunset. Still, I thought it was pretty scene - and who knew there were huge waterfalls in Nebraska?   Posted: 11/15/2021 12:23:13

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I like the blue filter, which gives life to the subject. I like the composition; however, this image is not as clear as your images usually are. I wonder what your settings were. I don't know if what I see is a product of settings or that you made the best of a bright and contrasted day. I noticed this first in the rocks lower left corner. For me they are distracting. The pines in the lower right are clear but as the scene goes back, things get less sharp. I like the waterfall, and for me the story is there. I'd like a crop on the lower left rocks with a focus on the water fall.   Posted: 11/18/2021 12:31:24