One of if not my best Photograph.

Composition looks nice, as does the exposure. Very good! A circular polarizer can cut the glare off the rocks, if you’d want to do that.

Feel free to post the LR edit for comparison, we’ll help you get there.

Yes, please!

@paperdigits Yes I agree on the circular polarizer. Once I have the spare $100 I will for sure be picking one up. Will be well worth the cost.

As requested here is the Lightroom + Photoshop Edit. The only difference between this export and the one I sent to the lab for print is in the print version I bumped the exposure by about 0.25 ev to compensate for paper not having a monitor backlight. This version lacks that 1/4 ev bump.

This image is doged and burned in photoshop using Luminosity selections through a plugin I use. It allows for really fine grained control over Luminosity masks similar to darktable’s parametric masking, however, instead of masking I can convert the mask to a selection for targeted brushing.

In photoshop also used luminosity masking to add a subtle orton effect (very subtle). As well as solid fill adjustment layers plus luminosity masks for a subtle split tone. Could not get the split tone to work like I wanted in dt but a split toning module is very different behavior wise then what I did in photoshop.

Overall I really like my darktable edit it does feel a bit more natural and I think that is thanks to the better raw processing. Lightroom leaves a lot to be desired there. As far as I know dt also does not have a color matrix/wb profile for my camera so that does have a slight effect on things as well. I need a color target tho so I can submit the appropriate shots.

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@blj Thanks for sharing. It is a fairly good scene and capture. With a few more considerations, like @paperdigits’ suggestion, future shots have the potential to be showcase material.

Plus, if you visit the site again, maybe record the sounds. I could imagine them but having the real thing while viewing the image would be a neat experience. :wink:

@afre thanks much appreciated. Sounds would be neat even maybe a tiny video. Fortunately I only live about an hour away from this place. Can’t revisit till spring however due to the trails being shut down for safety only ice hikers/climbers are allowed there right now. One day I should learn that too :smile:

Thanks for sharing your best!

  • I tried to follow your PS edit mood;
  • I used a tone curve with multiply blending mode, and moved it before filmic rgb;
  • I used two dehaze instances: a stronger one for the foreground and a lighter one for the background. I wanted to preserve the waterfall mist and bring volume.

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Nice little waterfall! Thanks for sharing it!

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RT 5.7

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DT 2.6.2

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Thanks for sharing, it is a nice photo. Edited in Rawtherapee.

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Edit: second attempt, with (previously made worse by me) chromatic aberration of waterfall dealt with and some other mood-setting changes made.

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Winner winner chicken dinner on the crop.

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Agreed I love seeing the different crops and interpretations people come up with.

Out of the choices available, this appeals to me the most.

In my rather myopic experience, I’ve come to enjoy exploring the thousands of compositions available in a single image capture. Some would say I need to get better at composing at the scene. Whatever… :smile:

I wanted to work this image, but I’ve not been in a place to get a download, dodgy internets. Now that I can, though, don’t think I could offer anything better 'specially with the chicken dinner winner…

I agree. Personally I re edit photographs over and over. I find it fun to explore them. You should give the edit a go anyway if you have time never know maybe you will win a turkey dinner :smile:

Simple workflow. Using a new way to brighten while maintaining contrast, denoted by test.

PhotoFlow demosaicing (blend, RCD), lens correction (vignette, CA), Rec2020 linear float
gmic sharpen (texture), brighten-contrast (test), sharpen (FFT), resize

Zoom 100% and enjoy.

Edit Here is v2. In v1, I used my sharpen(edge) command, which caused artifacts where the trees meet the sky and the lack of textures in the highlights. Remedied. :sunny:


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Done in dev version of darktable, so 3.0 RC2 + some, and additional GIMP/GMIC fiddling :violin:
Oh, I exported full size, let me resize it in GIMP, when I am already there why not …