Under the Waterfall on Christmas Day

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    Ok, so this upload comes a little late... But truth be told the last month has been crazy to say the least. Not the good kind of crazy either. No matter, I'm back at it and to start the new year I'm putting up this new HDR of a waterfall on the way to Gibbston Valley.

    I must have driven past this hundreds of times in the past 5 years, and never paid it any notice. However on Christmas Day, I thought it's about time I gave it a look. The walk to it was deceptivly long and painful, and the terrain seemed determined to stop me from getting the shot (a tuble down a small cliff, cutting my hands on sharp rocks & getting soaked by spray).
    Once I finally made it though, it was pretty cool.

    Composition & Editing

    Despite the total lack of interesting sky, my trusty 10mm Sigma with it's 108° angle of view was able to capture this cascading wall in all it's stunning detail. Every few shots the lens needed a wipe down, and finding the right moment where the wind wasnt blowing the water uphill proved difficult.

    During post, I applied an overall sharpen, followed by various layers of detail restoration and encancement. Finally, a couple of curves blended properly bring this shot to life. It was a dark & windy day, but despite the challenges I really like the result!

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    1. kreuzheber [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

      Wow, sounds like you really put a lot of effort into this. Maybe you'll be back when the weather is better. Nonetheless, this shot really makes it feel like you're there!

    2. Mr Andy Bird 52 months ago | reply

      Haha i thought Santa left the presents under the tree? - maybe he does things differently in New Zealand (Only Kidding).

      Great work though dude - Happy new year and all the best for 2011

    3. Eden Brackstone 52 months ago | reply

      Cheers mate, yes I certainly did pay a heavy price for this shot, haha. Climbing out of there with a strained rotator cuff hurts, lol.

    4. Eden Brackstone 52 months ago | reply

      Hehe... This Christmas I was lucky to get a pair of socks! So many new things during the year. Cheers for the feedback!

    5. eyeDyllic Photography (Bill Dodd) 52 months ago | reply

      What a great location. Thanks for sharing!

    6. H.Wellington 46 months ago | reply

      Eden! Thanks a million for the youtube video illustration of how you arrived at the final product for this image. I've been frustrated with how to obtain good detail in my HDR images. The "high pass filter" technique you went over in your video is what I have been looking for. Cheers mate.

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