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| p.1 #1 · St Mary's Falls - Glacier |
As a new contributor to the forum, I have posted several images and had planned to wait a few days before posting again. I plan on changing locations tomorrow and may not have internet access so I thought I would post one more that has been sitting in my files festering for a few days.
First this is a travel photo. I paid for the boat ride on St Mary's Lake and then took the ranger-led hike to the falls. I had all of about 10 minutes to decide on some compositions and capture the images. I can also say that this sort of travel photo is important to me. I may have bad conditions and can only do so much but I want to do as well as possible. I know I am unlikely to walk away with any fine art, but I want a best attempt under travel circumstances. I tried to include a reflection, interesting light on the tree and something more than just a quick snap. I also thought about eye movement of the viewer and at the time of capture and with processing tried to pull the viewer's attention down the waterfall to the reflection and then up to the tree returning in a circular fashion. I have no idea if that concept actually works.
Second, this is an hdr. Using high tone priority, I could just barely cover the dynamic range and knew the sky was going to be close to blown out and a simple layer mask was not going to work well. Also I had the bright idea that an hdr was going to make the water appear sillky because it would average out the appearance of several images. Actually that did not happen at all. I typically don't like the hdr appearance and certainly don't like the artifacts so I processed with Photomatix at a low strength and then back off the saturation and added lots of contrast. I may have overcompensated.
Again, please do not take it personal if you go to the trouble to comment and I make no response for a while. I may not have internet access.
St Mary's Falls - Glacier National Park