Autumn Cascade, Rockway Falls

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This is another dive into the vaults, back to 1996 when I was regularly shooting with a Pentax 6x7 medium format film camera. The location shown is (as best I can recall, as I foolishly neglected to record shooting data back in those days and the camera certainly did not do it for me) is likely one of the shelves at the base of Rockway Falls, a short distance West of St Catharines, Ontario. The cascade shown is a small part of the Fifteen Mile Creek which flows down the Niagara Escarpment, Northward to empty into Lake Ontario some 8 km North of this location. Since this photo was taken, some significant sections of the Niagara Escarpment cliff face have collapsed into the gorge at Rockway and the spot has changed significantly. - JW

Date Taken: 1996-10

Tech Details

Taken using a tripod-mounted Pentax 6x7 medium format film camera fitted with an SMC Pentax-6x7 1:4 55mm lense, Fuji RVP (AKA Velvia 50 Professional) colour transparency film, no exposure recorded but if memory serves me right I likely used a polarizing filter and a 1 sec exposure since that is the longest time the shutter will stay open without going to ‘B’ on this camera. Transparency scanned at 3200 dpi on an Epson Perfection V500 Photo and saved as JPG file. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from JPG file: set colour balance to ‘Daylight’ (5300K), slightly reduce the Green Channel gamma to get a reduced green cast, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: do some further colour correction to get a reduced yellow cast in the rocks and water by adjusting the yellow channel in the colour balance tool a bit to the right/blue, then use the hue-saturation-brightness tool to further reduce the yellow channel saturation, slightly boost overall saturation, sharpen, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image down to 2048 px wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.
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