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On Winning Some And Losing Some

I'm not exactly sure how or why I decided on Elowah Falls yesterday. Recent shoots at waterfalls have yielded less than stellar results only because we're so far into the summer season that the water flow from these falls is just... lacking. At least compared to what we'd expect during the rainy season and especially during Spring, when all that snow melt surges through.

Still, +Brian Bonham joined me on this impromptu shoot. We got here, set our bags down and went to business. Unfortunately, we both left feeling a bit deflated. Ultimately, it was fantastic to get out into nature and breathe in that clean air, as well as get some much-needed exercise. In the end, I got a few shots that I'm relatively happy - and for that, I'm immensely grateful. And still, when I got home, despite it all, I reminded myself that it's the effort and exertion that counts - that's where the muscle memory sets in and that's what makes all this worth it.

Google Maps Location Info
45°36'46" N 121°59'38" W

In terms of processing
This is a seven exposure tone-mapped #HDR  image. I used Photomatix Pro here for this task.

I masked out the original sky, which was blue (but flat) using Perfect Mask 5 and used one of the stock sky images included in Perfect Layers 3.

Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 4, part of the new Perfect Photo Suite 7 by +onOne Software. It was a combination of the Orton Hears A Who and Tonal Contrast effects, along with a Hard Light blended Vecchio.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.
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Great angle here! Was the sky really so blue....? ;)
 
+Paul Turkowski Oh dang - I totally forgot the sky replacement in the edit description. I'll go revise now - good call! :)

The sky was blue, but it was rather flat. I though that replacing it with one that has a few clouds would make it more balanced.
 
+Brian Matiash :)) -Yes a little more defused sky with a few clouds would certainly do better. The level of processing the landscape is gorgeous.
 
Cool capture as well as a wonderful, my kind of way to spend a day! :-)
 
+Paul Turkowski Cheers. As far as the landscape itself goes - that is always a battle, especially when so many of the elements here are naturally vibrant. Adding stylization while paying mind to not punching the colors too hard is a constant battle.
 
Nice image +Brian Matiash !  This experience could lead to a nice new plug-in from +onOne Software come this Monday morning.  It should be called "Just Add Water."  With this new software, waterfall creation can be added going from a small trickling falls to a full blasting Niagara Falls blowout.  There, this is your new mission!  ;-)
 
Even though the water was less than spectacular you still made it into a lovely shot with the composition.  Nice colors and textures.
 
Nice. Honestly, sometimes when I feel uninspired while shooting, I end up getting in the grove later in post. It's good to keep shooting through those feelings, so that you still have those RAW files to go through later!
 
La nature c'est notre plaisir........les oiseaux c'est nos chanteurs...et moi en regard de ce monde collaboré..**-abdf*--am*..
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Maybe there was not much water flow but that's sure One Relly Good Photograph, to say the least.
 
+Brian Matiash Beautiful!  Hey, about to send you a separate message so keep your eyes open via notifications .....
 
I love this! Who cares if the water is low ... pretty soon the green will be replaced by yellows and reds and that's even better. Yay for autumn!!!
 
Beautiful shot! What filters did you use?
 
Great lesson on sticking it out even when the shots aren't working. Good to know that it happens to the pros too! - although this shot is fantastic.
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