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Forum: Photo Critique 08-29-2014, 05:02 AM  
Landscape Light painting waterfall at twilight
Posted By Focusrite
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Hey thanks for the feedback. I messed around with it a little in Lightroom again, darkening the rock in the lower right a little, and brightening up the black spot in the lower right. I tried to do some noise reduction on the sky and also removed some blazing dots ( from errant sensor pixels? ), but as to whether it helped or not is pushing the training limit on my eyes! I'm still new to PP in Lightroom, and I'm also wary of over-using this new power.
Forum: Photo Critique 08-27-2014, 06:56 PM  
Landscape Light painting waterfall at twilight
Posted By Focusrite
Replies: 4
Views: 952
I visited a waterfall on the outskirts of Perth, with the intention of hanging around after dark to do some long exposures with hopefully some stars in the background. A cloud bank rolled in late-afternoon, however; so I decided to try some light painting of the waterfall and watercourse with a LED torch, about half an hour after sunset. On the original photo, the cliffs around the waterfall were an inky black, so in PP I tried to brighten up the dark areas just enough to bring some details and colour out but not detract from the light-painted areas. I also brightened up the waterfall itself, as at that distance, the LED torch wasn't strong enough to illuminate it sufficiently during a 25 sec exposure. A few other little highlights brightened up, and I think I bumped up the saturation a little as well.

In regards to the colours and brightness, does it look balanced? My monitor is a bit of a cheapie, and although I've tried to calibrate it, I'm a bit concerned about how accurate it is; so if all of you think that the colours look cartoon-ish ( or HDR-ish ), or the cliffs are still an inky black with barely any detail, then I definitely have a problem.

And in regards to everything else, what might you have done differently? Composition, area highlights, cropping, tone, etc.; please let me know ( preferably politely! :lol: )

I can put the original, non-PP photo up if anyone is curious regarding what it started off as.
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