Charles Walker  

My Little Private Waterfall by Charles Walker

May 2023 - My Little Private Waterfall

May 2023 - Charles Walker


About the Image(s)

This is an image of a waterfall I took the summer of 2021 in Iceland. There are many waterfalls in Iceland, some, like the present one, are privately owned. I cropped it to emphasize the waterfall and delete the attention diverting pieces of the sky. After converting to black & white, using selection tools, I created a layer to work only on the waterfall itself, to brighten it and shift it closer to white. Again, with selection tools, I darkened and soften the shadow areas around the waterfall. I debated adding a
bit more sky but settled on a thin slice, perhaps too thin? Camera data: Nikon D7000, f/20, 1/125,
35mm, ISO=160.

7 comments posted

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Nicely handled in b&w IR. I'm sure this scene would be also great in color. I like the stream leading us into the scene. The area captured is pretty wide and the falls are relatively small, so keeping the sky to a minimum was the right choice.
  Posted: 05/04/2023 14:38:57

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Charles
Beautifully composed and captured in IR. I like the lead-in line, taking the eye up to the falls. The hint of vignette also helps.
Can't add any more other than to give top marks!   Posted: 05/05/2023 05:52:24

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Charles,

Your choice of minimal skies is a good one in my view. I like the overall 'feel' of this scene, and of course the leading line of the stream is a plus for composition. My only thought is that there is a lot of mid-ground of white/IR before you get to the falls themselves, so I wonder if there were other compositions/angles/views? What about a lower camera angle?   Posted: 05/05/2023 18:08:03

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Chuck,
I think you have positioned yourself well to capture the scene. The stream lead in takes us to the waterfall. Even though the falls are a small part of the picture, the scenic aspect is strong. Processing well handled.   Posted: 05/07/2023 11:33:02

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Nicely composed. I like the amount of sky you included and I love the way the creek leads into the waterfall. I do find the overall image to be a bit too dark for my taste so I went in and did some selective lightening plus a slight vignette. What do you think?   Posted: 05/07/2023 15:43:10
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I like the implied connection of the falls and the river Charles, although as Gary says there does seem to be a bit too much in between. And although I enjoy the image and it's tranquil mood, I'll be the outlier and disagree with including that little bit of sky, reminds me of the iPhone notch, little bits like that near the borders are distracting, just my interpretation of course.   Posted: 05/08/2023 07:04:23

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I am with Henry, I am thinking just a little editing of the grassy areas on each side of the stream will help a lot.

I added a levels layer in PS to bring up the tone of the grass and then in LR I added a fairly large radial gradient in the center of the frame, inverted int and reduced the exposure some.


Emil   Posted: 05/12/2023 13:15:58
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