On Winning Some And Losing Some

By | 2012-09-23T10:05:23+00:00 Sep 23rd, 2012|

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.

In album Landscape and Nature (1 photo)

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60 Comments

  1. Bushra Abdi September 23, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Stunning

  2. Shahed Chowdhury September 23, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    very nice

  3. Shahed Chowdhury September 23, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    very nice

  4. Mila Kisa September 23, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    schön

  5. Liss Lizzia September 23, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    schön

  6. Kiya Campbell September 23, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    thats AWESOME!!!!!!!

  7. Kiya Campbell September 23, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    thats AWESOME!!!!!!!

  8. Hélia Aristeu September 23, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Very beautiful, but scary

  9. Hélia Aristeu September 23, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Very beautiful, but scary

  10. Paul Turkowski September 23, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Great angle here! Was the sky really so blue….? ;)

  11. Paul Turkowski September 23, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Great angle here! Was the sky really so blue….? ;)

  12. Brian Matiash September 23, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    +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.

  13. Brian Matiash September 23, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    +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.

  14. Paul Turkowski September 23, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash :)) -Yes a little more defused sky with a few clouds would certainly do better. The level of processing the landscape is gorgeous.

  15. Paul Turkowski September 23, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash :)) -Yes a little more defused sky with a few clouds would certainly do better. The level of processing the landscape is gorgeous.

  16. Kathy Porupski September 23, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Cool capture as well as a wonderful, my kind of way to spend a day! :-)

  17. Kathy Porupski September 23, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Cool capture as well as a wonderful, my kind of way to spend a day! :-)

  18. Brian Matiash September 23, 2012 at 10:09 am - Reply

    +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.

  19. Brian Matiash September 23, 2012 at 10:09 am - Reply

    +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.

  20. Paul Johnston September 23, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    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!  ;-)

  21. Paul Johnston September 23, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    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!  ;-)

  22. Paul Turkowski September 23, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – so true! But wouldn´t be otherwise to boring.. :)

  23. Paul Turkowski September 23, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – so true! But wouldn´t be otherwise to boring.. :)

  24. Boris Manic September 23, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    BRAVO BEAUTIFUL!

  25. Boris Manic September 23, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    BRAVO BEAUTIFUL!

  26. Shelly Gunderson September 23, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Even though the water was less than spectacular you still made it into a lovely shot with the composition.  Nice colors and textures.

  27. Shelly Gunderson September 23, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Even though the water was less than spectacular you still made it into a lovely shot with the composition.  Nice colors and textures.

  28. mairead smith September 23, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply

    wow what a view

  29. Aleksandra Pa?ka September 23, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    oooooooo wow

  30. Aleksandra Pałka September 23, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    oooooooo wow

  31. Shyamal halder September 23, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    big puul for smmal water

  32. Shyamal halder September 23, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    big puul for smmal water

  33. Dave Krugman September 23, 2012 at 11:11 am - Reply

    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!

  34. Dave Krugman September 23, 2012 at 11:11 am - Reply

    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!

  35. Lise Griffiths September 23, 2012 at 11:18 am - Reply

    ooo paradise!

  36. Lise Griffiths September 23, 2012 at 11:18 am - Reply

    ooo paradise!

  37. abdelFattah Amalou September 23, 2012 at 11:32 am - Reply

    La nature c'est notre plaisir……..les oiseaux c'est nos chanteurs…et moi en regard de ce monde collaboré..**-abdf*–am*..

  38. abdelFattah Amalou September 23, 2012 at 11:32 am - Reply

    La nature c'est notre plaisir……..les oiseaux c'est nos chanteurs…et moi en regard de ce monde collaboré..**-abdf*–am*..

  39. Joseph Mangiacotti September 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Maybe there was not much water flow but that's sure One Relly Good Photograph, to say the least.

  40. Joseph Mangiacotti September 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Maybe there was not much water flow but that's sure One Relly Good Photograph, to say the least.

  41. Suzanne Haggerty September 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash Beautiful!  Hey, about to send you a separate message so keep your eyes open via notifications …..

  42. Suzanne Haggerty September 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash Beautiful!  Hey, about to send you a separate message so keep your eyes open via notifications …..

  43. Nicole S. Young September 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    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!!!

  44. Nicole S. Young September 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    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!!!

  45. Lexus Cook September 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I want to go there

  46. Lexus Cook September 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I want to go there

  47. Juan Pisani September 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot! What filters did you use?

  48. Juan Pisani September 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot! What filters did you use?

  49. Diamond Scott September 24, 2012 at 2:51 am - Reply

    My goodness

  50. Diamond Scott September 24, 2012 at 2:51 am - Reply

    My goodness

  51. Hamish Carpenter September 24, 2012 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Love the fisheye perspective – nice image!!!

  52. Hamish Carpenter September 24, 2012 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Love the fisheye perspective – nice image!!!

  53. Chris Bibian September 24, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    nice shot keep it up!

  54. Chris Bibian September 24, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    nice shot keep it up!

  55. Lucila Uniuni September 24, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    son. lindisimas felicitasiones.

  56. Lucila Uniuni September 24, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    son. lindisimas felicitasiones.

  57. Simos Xenakis September 25, 2012 at 4:51 am - Reply

    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.

  58. Simos Xenakis September 25, 2012 at 4:51 am - Reply

    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.

  59. Shyamal halder September 25, 2012 at 7:46 am - Reply

    TERRIFYING SCENES

  60. Shyamal halder September 25, 2012 at 7:46 am - Reply

    TERRIFYING SCENES

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