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Post by minniev » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:30 pm

I took a lot of shots from bridges on my recent trip, partly because the rivers and lakes were often impossible to get to the edge of and partly because they gave me a different viewpoint I could experiment with to capture fall color.

Tell me what you think of this, including the viewpoint. All suggestions and/or edits welcome.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:44 pm

What I think is, I think it's gorgeous! The meander in the river makes for a leading, um, meander into the distance around the bend. The light is wonderful thanks to the overcast. One of the things I love is that you haven't done the silky water thing, which I think has become cliche. It may be you couldn't, lack of tripod or other means to steady the camera for a longer exposure, but for me that's perfectly fine. I think there is a fine line, a break point, where the silky water effect is like deadening the sound of the falls. I love the sound! Here, I can hear it! Great job, esp. of finishing which is (for me) also not overmuch, just enough. (OK)
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Post by minniev » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:00 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:What I think is, I think it's gorgeous! The meander in the river makes for a leading, um, meander into the distance around the bend. The light is wonderful thanks to the overcast. One of the things I love is that you haven't done the silky water thing, which I think has become cliche. It may be you couldn't, lack of tripod or other means to steady the camera for a longer exposure, but for me that's perfectly fine. I think there is a fine line, a break point, where the silky water effect is like deadening the sound of the falls. I love the sound! Here, I can hear it! Great job, esp. of finishing which is (for me) also not overmuch, just enough. (OK)

Thanks Chuck. I'm glad you liked the approach, you'll probably be subjected to more of this type. I tool some silky water versions but liked the roaring-brook type better. Where I like the silky kind is usually on tiny rivulets or falls with little volume.
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:39 pm

I think it's a great shot minniev, good composition and I do like the perspective..I would suggest double checking your white balance here...nothing wrong with a warm feel but your greens left side are looking a bit orange.....

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Post by Bob Yankle » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:15 pm

Fall colors always seem to come alive when you add a bit of moving water. I shoot a lot from bridges because you often get the best of both worlds, the ripples in the water, and because the trees are usually so tall, all the color of the leaves in their full glory.

I have this thing about pristine looking water, and try to get rid of yellowish or brown looking water. I did an experiment with this image, creating a layer in which I used to the HSL sliders to take the saturation of yellows almost to zero. It cleaned up the water beautifully. I then created a reversed mask where I painted in the cleaned up water only, but the left the rest of it alone. It came out quite nicely.

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Post by minniev » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:37 pm

Psjunkie wrote:I think it's a great shot minniev, good composition and I do like the perspective..I would suggest double checking your white balance here...nothing wrong with a warm feel but your greens left side are looking a bit orange.....


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Post by minniev » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:38 pm

Bob Yankle wrote:Fall colors always seem to come alive when you add a bit of moving water. I shoot a lot from bridges because you often get the best of both worlds, the ripples in the water, and because the trees are usually so tall, all the color of the leaves in their full glory.

I have this thing about pristine looking water, and try to get rid of yellowish or brown looking water. I did an experiment with this image, creating a layer in which I used to the HSL sliders to take the saturation of yellows almost to zero. It cleaned up the water beautifully. I then created a reversed mask where I painted in the cleaned up water only, but the left the rest of it alone. It came out quite nicely.


By all means, Bob, share your version, I'd be interested to see it.

I have sometimes cleaned water up, particularly if I have a blue sky and the water looks weird being brown or worse under it.
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Post by Bob Yankle » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:43 pm

minniev wrote:By all means, Bob, share your version, I'd be interested to see it.

I have sometimes cleaned water up, particularly if I have a blue sky and the water looks weird being brown or worse under it.


Clean water and all ......
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:00 pm

Bob Yankle wrote:
minniev wrote:By all means, Bob, share your version, I'd be interested to see it.

I have sometimes cleaned water up, particularly if I have a blue sky and the water looks weird being brown or worse under it.


Clean water and all ......


Minnie, This is beyond beauteous. Thank you for this moment. I agree with Bob Yankle about the yellow water and like his rendition. I especially like the trace of foam coming down. I can't see the green that others see, but I often don't perceive subtle gradations. For me, the scene works as is, with Bob's suggestion. (I keep being reminded by moments like this that I need to dive into PS. Tomorrow and tomorrow...) Matt
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:05 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Bob Yankle wrote:
minniev wrote:By all means, Bob, share your version, I'd be interested to see it.

I have sometimes cleaned water up, particularly if I have a blue sky and the water looks weird being brown or worse under it.


Clean water and all ......


Minnie, This is beyond beauteous. Thank you for this moment. I agree with Bob Yankle about the yellow water and like his rendition. I especially like the trace of foam coming down. I can't see the green that others see, but I often don't perceive subtle gradations. For me, the scene works as is, with Bob's suggestion. (I keep being reminded by moments like this that I need to dive into PS. Tomorrow and tomorrow...) Matt


Minnie, As I look again at the strip of foam upstream, I see the royal dragon on his way down to the falls. I think the roar of the falls is really the sound of his joy in riding the river. Matt
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