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« on: April 27, 2007, 07:29 »
For those of little faith in what Photoshop can do...I present the evidence.

Image 1 is the RAW image unadjusted. All the information to make image 2 was there
I just had to look for it.

What was required was selective masking on multiple layers.
Blending, levels, curves, photo filter, and selective highlights
were all done on about 7 layers each with its own mask to contribute to the final image

« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007, 07:38 »
I just started shooting water falls 2 weeks ago. I knew absolutely NOTHING
about how to go about doing it. Here are some pointers I'll pass on.

Always shoot on a dull bright to medium bright overcast or cloudy day.
You can only control the brightness with the time of day. If it's too bright (not good)
then wait a little longer in the day to shoot.

Be careful not to over expose the white foam, and get blown highlights. I have yet to
discover a way to control this with any pin point accuracy.

Bracket your shots, and of course a good tripod is essemtial.

Remember the rule of thirds. I can't over emphasize this point enough. Framing your
shot is the key to getting a pleasing soothing feel for the eye to drink in.

« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007, 08:44 »
If you want to keep from over-exposing the foam - take your three bracketed images and use the merge to hdr functionality in Photoshop  ;)

« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2007, 08:49 »
That does not always work. In the above image I had to use the darkest images foam on a separate layer.
The HDR foam was blown out

« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2007, 16:24 »
For your foam over exposure, use an incident meter, and go 2.5 stops under it's reading...  Or narrow spot meter and 2.5 under.  Coming from the film days that is, I use a sekonic spot meter.

I used to take quite a few waterfalls and other 'nature' shots on MF and 35mm tranny.  Havn't been near the bush with my camera in years...  Should do that, given that NZ is clean and green  (Yeah, right).  Problem is that I can't see them selling well, and with young kids it's a bit of a mission getting away to enjoy photography just for the sake of it...

Nice PS work Miz, I would have stuck that one on the archive drive and forgot about it.


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