Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chittenango Falls Valley

Another shot from my sojourn with John Brainard this past weekend around CNY. As I mentioned yesterday, we could not get down into the valley at Chittenango Falls so we wandered around the rim of the falls. This is the view looking down into the valley, and the falls are on the left.

I liked how this HDR image came out. One of the things I noticed while taking a number of shots from this vantage point was the small stump in the bottom right hand corner. I knew it was the thing that would really help anchor the foreground and give the image greater depth. I made sure I got some extras with this in view and sure enough when I reviewed the images later, the only ones to make the grade were those with this little stump in full view.

One other element I used in this image was a preset from Michael Gray's Life in Digital Film. Michael is creating a group of presets for Lightroom that emulate different film types. On this image I used his Fuji Velvia 50 preset, which really gave it a funky and vibrant feel that I was looking for. Velvia was known for oversaturating colors and really giving them a punch, which has really come out here. Many of Michael's presets are freely available on his site but this preset is part of his exclusive Cold Storage Collection for those who contribute to his web site. For $9.99 and the knowledge you are helping a guy give some great presets to the community, you cannot really go wrong. Heartily endorsed.

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John Brainard said...

That one turned out real nice... It really shows how limited my 10-20mm lens is. I took similar shots, I think, and couldn't find anything worth using. I'll have to work on my wife to let me get the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens this year.

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

10-20mm is pretty wide, esp with this location but if we had gotten down the bottom of the valley I think yours lens would have been better suited than mine. My favorite lens is the 28-135 IS. Great walking around lens for getting a good range.