Waterfall C&C

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Noxire, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Noxire

    Noxire TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    sweden
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    My first take at long-exposed waterfalls (prolly because they're not common in sweden :D )
    I'm pretty content with how they turned out, but i would like to hear a 2:d opinion, and some valuable how-to advice for improvements.

    1.
    [​IMG]

    2.
    [​IMG]

    3.
    [​IMG]

    Im not crazy happy with 3. though

    edit: changed crazy misaligned 2
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    37,346
    Likes Received:
    10,650
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Comments I gots lots of, valuable advice, I'll let you decide...

    This is a really nice scene, but there are a couple of areas which I think could be improved if you could go back for a re-shoot. First, is the exposure. My guess is that you were there at the wrong time of day; you've got blown highlights and deep shadow. There are a couple of ways you can deal with this, first, as mentioned is to try a time of day when the light is more even (Normally early in the morning, but often with streams like this they are in canyons and "high noon" may be a better time), or you can try shooting several images at different exposures and creating an HDR image; this may or may not work too well if there are changes in the flow patterns.

    I would also like to see you open up your composition a little. #1 is IMO, the strongest of the three images, but the fact that you've cut so much of the water image right off, bothers me. Try composing the image as you like it, then zooming out a little.

    Just my $00.02 worth - your mileage may vary.

    ~John​
     
  3. DanFinePhotography

    DanFinePhotography TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2010
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Redmond, OR
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I personally love waterfall pics. These are very good , myself i think #2 is good #3 might tend to be a tad artificial and #1 has been blown out pretty bad. Keep trying and as the advice above states try for some better time of day when the lighting is better
     
  4. Rosshole

    Rosshole TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Messages:
    536
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    WI
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    These seem over exposed and oversaturated... what were your camera settings? How much PP did you?
     
  5. PerfectlyFlawed

    PerfectlyFlawed TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,408
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The falls themselves are gorgeous... and you did a good job capturing the milky effects. But i agree with others, as your saturation is overdone...and your pictures seem underexposed in some, and blow out in other areas.
    Id say 2 is your best.
     
  6. timlair

    timlair TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2010
    Messages:
    225
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I think 3 is the best. Yes i know, im different. May i ask how long your shutter speeds were and your f/?
     
  7. Petraio Prime

    Petraio Prime TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,217
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If you really must do this sort of thing, it's best to focus on only a small section at a time.

    The brightness range is likely to be lower, allowing better tonal values in the result.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  8. misstwinklytoes

    misstwinklytoes TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,112
    Likes Received:
    40
    Location:
    Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I think the contrast is bumped pretty high. Can we see the originals?
     
  9. Nod

    Nod TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    295
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Illinois
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    From the reflections, it looks like the sun was behind you, if possible, try this shot at noon with either a polarizer or neutral density filter. It would help highlight the rocks and trees. Or better yet, on a cloudy day. This is a nice scene as has a lot of potential.
     
  10. Noxire

    Noxire TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    sweden
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks John, and yes thats valuable advice.

    I had both polarizer and ND although it was in the middle of the day so that may be the cause of the blown highlights, the saturation on the other hand was pp in 2&3 and well i guess i liked how that turned out <.<, while i think i left 1 untouched 1 is also abit overexposed over all I did it on purpose i had to get longer shutter to "soften" the water.

    The composition however... well i couldn't capture the whole fall on some images prime 50mm lense, although i couldve used kitlense (18-55mm) i didnt cause i hate it ^^ So i tried at best to pick out parts of the waterfall.

    [​IMG]
    original of 1

    And yes its contrasted and pp in lightroom liek hell but i thought the original looked so dull tbh. i guess im kinda of a pp-guy :)
     
  11. Noxire

    Noxire TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    sweden
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    and here is pp-eased-up version far better or far worse?

    [​IMG]
     
  12. misstwinklytoes

    misstwinklytoes TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,112
    Likes Received:
    40
    Location:
    Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I think it's much better.
     

Share This Page