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Grant Swinbourne
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This shows only a small part of a 3 tier waterfall that drops around 150m through a valley about an hour away from where I live.  The walk to this vantage point is around 500m from the carpark down a steep set of steps which were quite slippery.

5 exposures between 8s and 30s, @ f/11 ISO 50 no filters.

Blended in RP5 using most of my usual processes but with an experimentation with Brian Knott's LAB Mode Contrast technique.

After blending I added a FF/Magival Green Landscape layer at 55% to give a dreamier feeling without over saturating the greens and added a FF Manual Vignette to add some highlighting and shadows to give a dappled light feel to some parts of the image.

Finally and dropped the yellows in the foreground right down using C/Less Yellow and added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer masked using IM/Colour/Select to pick out the orange & yellow tinges in the water to allow me to adjust them towards a greener, water tone to match the overall green tinge in the image.

 

 

 

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Topic starter Posted : 18/08/2020 6:08 am
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Maria
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wow, that's beautiful Grant, I like the circles in the water.  I tried Brian's LAB Mode Contrast technique as well, and it worked well for me also.

Maria

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Posted : 18/08/2020 6:49 pm
Grant Swinbourne
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Thanks Maria.  I was very happy with the result.  Watching the scene in real life I could see the bubbles moving around on the water and the longer exposure made this vortex effect that looks like it was moving much faster than it really was. Puts me in mind of a vinyl record spinning on a turntable.

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Topic starter Posted : 18/08/2020 8:54 pm
Mike Singh
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Stunning photo Grant! The swirls are a really nice element and the rock layers lead you up to the falls which have a lovely blur. Can you tell us more about your blending process please? How did you blend in the swirls in the foreground?

Mike

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Posted : 19/08/2020 2:12 pm
Grant Swinbourne
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Thanks Mike.  I blended the 5 exposures using PM/AutoDarks as follows:

Layer 0 - No mask - Brightest exposure at the bottom of the layers after stacking.

Layer 1 - Darks 1 - 2/3 Stop darker exposure

Layer 2 - Darks 2 - 2/3 Stop darker exposure

Layer 3 - Darks 3 - 2/3 Stop darker exposure

Layer 4 - Darks 5 - 2/3 Stop darker exposure - Darkest exposure

Once I was happy with the overall blend, I brushed in white and black at varying opacity on each of the masks, in the specific areas that were not quite what I wanted.  With the swirling water I tended towards the brighter exposures, (darkening that area in the Layer 3-4 masks and lightening that area in the 1-2 masks), till I was happy with the way the water looked and the brighter reflections on the pool.

 

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Topic starter Posted : 20/08/2020 7:25 am
Mike Singh
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@grant-swinbourne

Thanks Grant....sometimes some good old fashioned brush work, works brilliantly! The results are amazing.

Mike

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Posted : 23/08/2020 6:29 pm
Grant Swinbourne
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@mike-singh Thanks very much 

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Topic starter Posted : 23/08/2020 10:48 pm
jhsurti
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That's a very beautiful image.

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Posted : 25/08/2020 6:55 am
Lars Madsen
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A really good picture and good finishing. I like the soft water, the rings in the water and the colors.

Good work.

Danish landscape photographer.

Shoot with Pentax.

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Posted : 25/08/2020 7:19 am
Mike Singh
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Posted by: @grant-swinbourne

@mike-singh Thanks very much 

Grant how can I email you?

Mike

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Posted : 25/08/2020 1:05 pm
Grant Swinbourne
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Posted by: @grant-swinbourne

@mike-singh Thanks very much 

Grant how can I email you?

Do you have instagram?  We could DM there if you like.  Otherwise if this platform had a private messaging function we could chat privately there.

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Topic starter Posted : 26/08/2020 7:44 am
Mike Singh
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@grant-swinbourne

No Instagram just old fashioned email!

I’ve emailed the help desk and asked if we could have a messaging feature added onto the next up grade for the forum. 

Mike

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Posted : 26/08/2020 10:08 am
Mike Singh
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@grant-swinbourne perhaps one for the Weekly Photo Editing Challenge?

Mike

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Posted : 03/09/2020 3:34 pm
Grant Swinbourne
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Sure , I'll send the raws files to Jimmy. 

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Topic starter Posted : 03/09/2020 5:40 pm
Mike Singh
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@grant-swinbourne thank you....the blending is going to blow my mind!

Mike

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Posted : 03/09/2020 7:40 pm
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