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Rush of Nature

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Challenge: High Contrast II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: A Prints Pending
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Platte Clove, Catskills, NY
Date: Sep 30, 2006
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2006

Taken at Platte Clove, in the Catskills on a DPC GTG. This is a falls just before you get to the stone bridge near Devil's Kitchen.

I liked the way this looked in color as well, and actually like the full view one with more folliage. But in the B&W high contrast version, I opted to crop to bring out the falls, and take advantage of the darker rocks for contrast.

Not sure whether voters will expect Uber contrast, but this seems to be nice high contrast to me.

Processing was very simple. Very little! I converted to BW just by desaturating during conversion. I know that's not normally recommended, but RSP seemed to do a good job, and I can't use my favorite action--Gorman's technique in basic.

After loading into PS, I cropped, did a USM for Local Contrast Enhancment, reduced, and resharpened. Then applied a very light Shadow Highlight filter to bring out a bit of the shadow detail.

Place: 17 out of 396
Avg (all users): 6.4335
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.3133
Avg (non-participants): 6.5444
Views since voting: 1893
Views during voting: 256
Votes: 173
Comments: 14
Favorites: 8 (view)

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01/07/2009 12:34:25 AM
Another instant favorite. Really really nice.
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04/24/2007 06:43:58 PM
Sorry for this pun, but this ROCKS!
Absolutely perfect tones and mood cast in this superb B&W!
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04/24/2007 04:31:35 PM
I love the black and white in this picture. I havent seen a lot of black and white waterfall pictures so this is very nice. Its going right into my favorites!!!!
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10/19/2006 01:51:14 AM
very beautiful, i think you chose well and everything contrasts nicely.
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10/16/2006 03:54:49 PM
This is a beautiful shot, well done.
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10/11/2006 09:15:37 PM
Love the rich tones here. Nice work, Neil. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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10/11/2006 04:38:09 PM
This was one of my favorites. Beautifully done (as always) in black and white!
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10/11/2006 03:35:30 PM
Great picture. Congrats on your top 20 finish!
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10/11/2006 01:01:50 PM
Nice job converting to B&W. This is a lovely image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2006 05:20:54 PM
Great image
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10/09/2006 10:04:25 PM
Nice Shot. DOF is great. Exposure is just right not too overdone.
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10/08/2006 10:19:16 PM
Lovely with outstanding tonal beauty. 9
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10/04/2006 03:02:55 PM
Lovely falls. 7.
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10/04/2006 07:37:42 AM
great composition, but I would call this perfect contrast rather than high contrast, sorry 7
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