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Screw Auger Falls

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Grafton Notch NH
Date: Aug 25, 2009
Aperture: 22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 2
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2009

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I would have loved to get a wider and taller perspective on this shot also. As it was I climbed over a fence and was perched in an area where to my left 2 feet was a 50' drop. There was no way I could have got to the bottom to get a different shot short of killing myself either.

Place: 230 out of 414
Avg (all users): 5.4646
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4608
Avg (non-participants): 5.4800
Views since voting: 551
Views during voting: 227
Votes: 127
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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10/01/2009 01:35:12 PM
Yikes. First of all, do NOT climb over fences to get shots where there is a 50 foot drop off. I don't care how flippin' good the scenery is! OK.... now... (still catching my breath - I haven't a fear of heights but I have a definite fear of falling...)

I quite like that you have the tree on the left - really gives a good sense of scale to the falls and the drop. And while it is very good to have a foreground object/subject to add depth, you have just a bit too much of one on the right. Try cropping to where you get half of that little green plant - that keeps that aspect plus the little gold weeds in the lower right, but brings the bulk of your falls into that lovely "rule of thirds" cross-hair a bit more, and takes away part of the stuff you don't need on the right. Don't know if you tried any highlights/shadows adjustments, but a bit of highlights adjustment would lower the brightness a tad and bring out a bit of detail in the water. The upper bits are blown but without very specific filters or a wide-ranging HDR multiple exposure, you can't get those NOT blown and still get detail in your darks. Overall the color is good, the focus is good, the clarity is good. For DPC purposes, try one last round of sharpening at twice the final size (ie resize to 1440 on the long size, hit "sharpen", then resize to 720 - see if it works.)

All in all a very well thought out and executed waterfall shot. I gave this a 6 in voting - which says it's a pretty good waterfall shot because they normally are not my thing.
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09/08/2009 08:30:44 AM
Ha! You certainly didn't want to kill yourself for the sake of photography, DPC may be important, but not THAT important :-). Great shot again.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2009 10:22:49 PM
Call me old school, but I love these shot. Nice work!
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09/04/2009 05:55:01 AM
Nice shot, I would have liked to see a wider perspective on this though.
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