Steelhead Falls Basin

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    I was just here last Wednesday but I never actually climbed down to the bottom of the falls before. It was pretty slippery but worth the climb. The last time I was here I got some OK shots from above but I didn't really get the sharpness out of the leaves etc that I would have liked due to wind (and lack of realizing it at that moment)… So, this time I made sure to get some faster shutter speeds to blend in to my focus/blending stack… This meant higher ISO for those faster shutter speeds.

    But the big thing for me on this image, was revisiting the Ted Gore tutorials that I purchased a while back. I won’t lie, the first time I watched, it was a bit over my head, and wasn’t really conducive to my workflow… I actually brushed it off and forgot about them.

    But out of curiosity, I decided to re-watch them and I was surprised at how much easier I picked things up this time…I guess a few extra months of Photoshop experience helps ;-). I seemed to grasp things better now and had an easier time trying some of Teds techniques. Obviously I have miles and miles to go, but this is a step in a very exciting direction for me.

    In the end, this was a number of images blended together. I had a series of 5 or 6 images, solely for focus stacking of the foreground. I then used another image for the water (as the focus stacking makes it a little choppy), and lastly, I used an image with a higher ISO to freeze the leaves blowing in the wind. This was blended in sparingly, only for really blurry areas of the leaves.

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    1. steff808 32 months ago | reply

      very nice framing and light !

    2. Dario Perizzolo 32 months ago | reply

      now that's a stunning shot. holy damn, excellent work Jason!

    3. four songs [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

      Beautiful!

    4. Wilkof Photography 31 months ago | reply

      Tremendous gallery!!

    5. * mariozysk * 27 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully captured waterfall. Such photos always blow me away!

    6. jasonfdarr 27 months ago | reply

      * mariozysk * You are too kind :-) Thank you. Apologies for the late response

    7. * mariozysk * 27 months ago | reply

      Actually I am not too kind. Photos in your stream look really astonishing! I know what I'm saying and what like. And I like your stream a lot, Jason!

    8. jasonfdarr 27 months ago | reply

      * mariozysk * Thank you :-). Sorry it took so long for a response ;-)

    9. * mariozysk * 27 months ago | reply

      No problem! :-)

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