Haru Nagasaki  

waterfall curtain by Haru Nagasaki

October 2021 - waterfall curtain

About the Image(s)

Composition: Used unique trunk of tree as a frame. Structured 4 layers in the image; 1. Foreground moss rock and unique tree trunk, 2. Another moss rocks as mid-layer, 3. the fall with silky stream as a main subject, and 4. background forest with mist/fog.

My intention was to keep the waterfall stream as silky as possible, capture the texture of moss rocks and unique tree trunk, and the delicate mist/fog in the background.

My question to the group “do you think the grey sky bothers you? Or is it distracting your eye? In the post processing, I try to make the sky as dark as possible. But I feel now it looks a bit unnatural, maybe because I darkened down too much… Is there any idea how to make the sky up in post-processing? I would appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

Equipment: Nikon D850 @15mm ISO80 f11 0.77sec.

8 comments posted

Bob Monnin   Bob Monnin
I like the composition of this image. I didn't even notice the grey sky until I read your comments. To me, what I saw first what the unique tree and the moss covered rocks with the waterfall in the background. I like the image, but also wonder if it could be a little lighter. Overall I think it's a good shot.   Posted: 10/05/2021 10:43:18
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you for your comment, Bob.
Appreciate it.   Posted: 10/08/2021 21:51:43

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Hi Haru,
Your composition is tight and interesting. In PS there is a sky replacement feature that works quite well and allows you to manipulate it. You can add your own skies, which I like best, but since there isn't much sky in this image any should work for your needs. The mist from the waterfalls or fog that lightens the background could be reduced or increased in my opinion. I'm learning quickly that you are a subtle processer, so I just added a dodge to the base and decreased the haze sliders in LR.   Posted: 10/05/2021 15:58:51
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Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you for your comments and edit, Bob.
Your edit is better than mine....
Appreciate your efforts.   Posted: 10/08/2021 21:53:15

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Hi Haru. You've created another image of a very elegant waterfall. Indeed the waterfall itself is wonderfully silky - one of your goals - and I think it is that about the image that I find most compelling.

Since you asked about the sky, I would say the gray is not as distracting as the white it replaces would have been. But to me the bigger issue is that there is just a lot going on here. Is the focus the unique tree or the waterfall? Then there are smaller distractions - the bright upper corner above the overhanging tree, the bright spot in the water that merges with the unique tree structure, a bright twig in the lower left that merges with the edge, the particularly bright green foliage left/above the waterfall.

I think you have too many distractions and need to simplify. Since I am attracted to the waterfall, I took a cut via cropping focusing on that. I am not sure I love it - probably better to simplify in the original composition. But there is no doubt that the waterfall is beautiful, and you have done well to really capture that beauty.   Posted: 10/08/2021 19:23:48
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Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you, Robert, for your comments and edits trying to make it work.
Based on your comments, I regrettably realized now that I was not careful enough to review my image. I paid so much attention to the sky, worried that is distracting viewer's eyes, then overlooked other items.
Really a bad excuse though....
  Posted: 10/08/2021 22:26:04

Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Hi Haru
I did not find the sky distracting because it was grey, nevertheless it is a dull color so I tried photoshop sky replacement but there was not enough sky for the program to recognize it. I then tried Lightroom gradient tool and selected the luminance and increased the blue and tried dehaze as well. That didn't work very well either so I was unable to find a way to improve the sky for you. I too found that there was too much distracting the eye away from the waterfall. I have attached my attempt at increasing focus on the the waterfall. I'm not sure if my version solves the problem but does improve it a little. The waterfall itself with the smooth dreamy water is lovely. I'm not sure if you could have tried or can go back to the location again at a better time of day for the sky but that is what I would try if I could. It looks like a wonderful location.   Posted: 10/08/2021 23:19:05
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Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Cheryl,
Thank you for all your effort to make this work. I really appreciate it.
I will wait for others comments but it sounds like the composition does not work as it is...
There are other better composition just to focus on the waterfall. I challenged to highlight both waterfall and unique tree trunk.
Yes, I will go back this place in Nov for autumn colors.
Thank you again for all your attempt.

  Posted: 10/09/2021 00:41:27


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