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Clydach cascades 2
What a difference a simple change of aperture made, exposure from 3.2 seconds at F/22, down to 1.8 seconds at F/10, the water now captured in full flow, and in my opinion it completely changes the tone of the scene,
Again light dodge/burn in selected areas to lift out some highlights and increase depth,
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Album name:Merlynn / Merlynns Landscapes
Rating (3 votes): (Details)
Keywords:water moisture humidity
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Canon EF 17-40 L USM
Shutter Speed:1.8secs
Author's Comments:There's no doubt the dismal lighting helped get the exposure right
Editing Performed:Converted from Raw via RSP, saturation/contrast adjustments, small areas of selective dodge/burn, water untouched, resize/sharpen
File Size:238 KB
Date added:Nov 07, 2006
Dimensions:900 x 600 pixels
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Silversnapper  [Nov 08, 2006 at 08:20 AM]
Two beautiful images Merlynn but for my money the version is outstanding. Technically and compositionally it is faultless imo. Aesthetically, well what can I say, it does it all for me! I can almost feel the dampness in the air and hear the water tumbling over the rocks whilst the mood of the picture is exquisite. I luv it.
nursegladys  [Nov 08, 2006 at 11:15 AM]
Yep very atmosheric Merlynn, got to buy more time to improve my skills to this degree
George  [Nov 08, 2006 at 12:41 PM]
Two beutiful images indeed.....trouble is which one do I like best? I have downloaded both and have switched between them for 10 mins trying to make my mind up. There is a slight difference between them, did you zoom in or crop the first one more than this one Merlynn, ' cos it makes quite a difference, well to me anyway. You seem to have used the dodge tool more on the first one which brightens it up more and combined with the cotton wool water 'feels' warmer, whereas this one, with more detail in the water and slightly darker 'feels' much colder. So being a hot house plant I think the balance tips ever so slightly in favour of the first one.
Merlynn  [Nov 08, 2006 at 02:31 PM]
You are right George, the exact smooth water twin to this shot, along with a few others, was lost due to misting on lower half of the filter, this shot includes more of the foreground cascades, the other was an attempt to show more of the tree canopy over the river,
The amount of dodge/burn used differed slightly as the smooth and fluid water each seemed to add different moods to the scene, (read my comment above)
like to add some thanks for the kind comments on these shots, to be honest my heart sank when I saw the dismal wet conditions at the gorge, especially down at river level, however as things turned out I did far better than I could had hoped for with better weather conditions, there's a moral there somewhere methinks
Frog  [Nov 08, 2006 at 06:53 PM]
Very nice dark greens you can almost feel the water move.
ChrisH  [Nov 09, 2006 at 07:51 AM]
Like George I spent a lot of time comparing these two excellent shots. This is the one for me as it gives me a real feeling of the speed of the fast flowing stream whilst maintaining the mystical quality of the first image. Nice one Merlynn - or should I say nice two!
alanuk  [Nov 09, 2006 at 12:58 PM]
Like others here. I'm spent some time admiring and comparing these two suberb images, either of which will stand alone as a great example of a waterscape image. I've always struggled withthe whispy, floaty blurred images you get of flowing water when you use a long exposure and if I'm honest then I prefer to see flowing water "frozen" in time (so a shorter exposure time) but just occasionally the longer image appeals more! So, of the two, I prefer this posting.
fazel  [Nov 11, 2006 at 12:16 PM]
This is a beautiful shot Merlynn, as usual. I usually love shots of rivers and waterfalls. This one is spectacular. The rich colours of the surroundings have added to the impact and beauty of the image.
mwalters  [Nov 21, 2007 at 07:46 PM]
Another great shot. If I had to choose one to put on the wall, I would go for the portrait version.