Peter Newman  

Waterfall in the Bronx by Peter Newman

November 2021 - Waterfall in the Bronx

November 2021 - Peter Newman


About the Image(s)

About the image.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 28 - 300; 1/200 @ f16, ISO 1250.

I wanted to shoot this waterfall with a long exposure, but I didn't have my ND filter. For this image I also wanted most objects to be in focus, but f16 is the smallest I could get with this lens without objectionable distortion. I did not bring my tripod, so I used the settings above, and simulated silky waterflow in post. (reason for minimal equipment: there is a major difference between bringinging her while taking pictures, and bringing a camera while taking her someplace.)

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4 comments posted

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderfull waterfall. What software did you use to bring out those lovely colors, and sharpen? I actually like the water in the original better than the simulated silky water. What software did you use on the water?

  Posted: 11/14/2021 18:16:30
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Judith, Thanks for your comments. I thought the original too flat, and for this scene, prefer a silky look. In Photoshop, I used a concocted combination of path and motion blending on different layers. Then hand painted some blur and brightness at different levels, a curve adjustment, after spot cloning.   Posted: 11/14/2021 18:42:16

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Peter, This is an interesting exercise in Photoshop tools. It's well done given the circumstances. It's interesting to note that while the water streams are motion blurred, some individual water drop splashes are crisper.
Did you try carefully handholding or bracing the camera at ISO 64? I have often been able to simulate a tripod with bracing the camera on something solid and letting the image stabilizer do its work. I make several attempts using careful breathing just to be sure. Also the Nikon Z cameras with in-body stabilization are even better for handholding.
That said, the exposure and composition are good. On my monitor the saturation and highlights on the rocks were high. I toned them down and flipped the image. Flipping made the color aspects seem more important whereas the original makes the water stand out. What a beautiful urban scene! Karl   Posted: 11/15/2021 09:41:46
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Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I like both renditions of this beautiful image. Somehow, Peter's looks more natural and "alive". But then, one man's goose is another man's gander". Any image with water wins for me, and this one does so in particular.   Posted: 11/21/2021 22:21:04