A few more "escaping the news" hikes

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  1. Luvwine

    Luvwine Well-Known Member

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    Went to Jones Knob yesterday for sunset. Clouds were uninspiring, but wonderful to get out. Today, went out for a pair of waterfalls. One I have shot a number of times (Schoolhouse Falls, the first one here) but it a few minutes after I arrived some large groups started arriving so I packed up and went to Nellie's Falls. This latter fall is farther off the beaten path and I had it to myself tho it was a bit of an adventure getting there and back due to some errant navigation on my part which made one of the water crossings harder than necessary. No matter, got back unscathed but definitely got a workout in. :) Thanks for looking!
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    Delightful looking escape. I love the view in the second image and all of the waterfall shots (of course).
     
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    Thanks Alan. Hard not to like waterfalls!
     
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    Great series but 3 and 5 take the cake here for me.
     
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    That’s great that you got away and had a chance to escape this madness for a bit.

    My favorite is #1, that is so really sweet color. My next favorite is #5, though I would clone out the wood in the lower right corner. I like those tiered type waterfalls like that.
     
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    Thanks Jim for your sagacious suggestion and kind comments. I want to go back to Nellie’s Falls (the last pic) as I did not even notice the little whirlpool till after I loaded up the pics on the computer and am wondering if an even longer exposure might be better. It is an infrequently visited falls and taller (20 feet or so) than it looks in the pic (at least to me). The deadfall in the lower right you are right about too. Thx again.
     
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    Thanks Ben! Glad you liked the waterfalls. :)
     
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    Really nice set. I enjoyed all of them.
     
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    Looks like a beautiful area.
     
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    Those waterfalls are gorgeous! In the first image of the hills, I don't like the clearly visible effect of the ND grad filter you used.
     
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    Carlo: Thank you for the kind words regarding the waterfalls. As for the first shot, I am not on the computer where I processed the picture, but I am pretty sure it was a three image HDR. Here, I am here uploading an unprocessed original photo (which is closest to the correct exposure) with the only change being the color profile I used (Fuji Provia) with default sharpening in Lightroom and no other adjustments. The mountain was heavily shaded by the adjacent mountain to the left. You can see the mountain in the second image as the first image is of the same scene but just rotated to the right. I think perhaps (but you tell me) that your comment about the GND may be because of the shading from the adjacent mountain. Thx for any thoughts. I may have used a digital GND, but again, I will not know until tomorrow tho I usually try to paint out any parts of the image I don't want to affect (like the mountain top). I know I used one to darken the lower right hand corner as I thought the foreground being so bright distracted from the trees and the golden hour light on them that I wanted to emphasize. I also used a brush to try to lighten some of the ground near the base of the mountain and this may have contributed to the illusion that the GND darkened the mountain top. I also may have done something to make the color a bit too unrealistic, but I am prone to making mistakes in post as I am still very much learning. Thx again for your comments. Here is the original file without any edits:

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    Edit: I just played with the file. I realize that I must have made a mistake with the color of the sky. I am confident I used a digital GND and I had been using a filer with some color and when I applied a GND it added a reddish color to the sky and this explains the color, lol. Oh well. Live and learn.

    Here is a rough edit I just did without the color cast in the sky. C&C welcome. _DSF0464-3.jpg
     
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    Steven, it is the dark tops of the trees on the right side that look unnatural and immediately, combined with the dark mountain, gives the impression of a grad ND affecting them. Here's a version that looks much more natural to me, even with the dark mountain.

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    it may be adding global contrast that increased the darkening of the tree tops. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
     
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    Hmm, I think global contrast would not affect just the tops of those trees.
     
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    Applying contrast increases the lighting difference between the parts of the image in shadow and the part that is well lit is all I was saying. I know you think it was a grad that is the culprit, but there is no way for me to know what filter I was using and the sky was not darkened. However, not being at the same computer nor at the same location and time, I am not sure that continued discussion of this is productive.
     

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