Gathering Leaves

After shooting yesterday’s image, I drove around a 1/2 mile down stream so I could hike back upstream to catch some of the falls that dot Big Tumbling Creek. This time last year everything in this image was underwater but the lack of serious rainfall over the last few months has really taken its toll on the river. The lower water levels create an entirely different look and feel in these large mountain rivers and present you with a whole new range of possible compositions. Instead of chaotic torrents and rapids you get fast moving flows that can create almost abstract reflections.

I shot this knowing that I would be cropping quite a bit from the bottom of the image. The rock in the foreground simply took up too much of the image for my tastes but I wanted to keep the entire horizontal span. I opted for a 16:9 crop which, for me, seems to work well.

Processing was pretty basic with the application of a few landscape filters in PhotoTools then a Brightness/Contrast layer and High Pass sharpening filter in Photoshop. I also used a Hue/Saturation layer to reduce some of the more prominent fringe and tinting along the wet rock layers. Noise reduction was done in Lightroom before exporting.

Gear: Canon 60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm

Settings: 22mm, ISO100, f/16, 4 seconds, ND4

Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, OnOne PhotoTools 2.6

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  1. Jim Nix October 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM #

    that’s a beauty Curt!

  2. l'Angevine September 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM #

    j’adore ce cliché et qui est aussi sous le thème de l’automne
    passe d’agréables moments et à bientôt
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  3. James Howe September 20, 2011 at 8:55 PM #

    I really like the look of the water, nice job!
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  4. Jimi Jones September 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM #

    Great early Fall shot, Curt. Love the water in this with that magical look. Fine job as usual.
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  5. Chris Nitz September 20, 2011 at 3:25 PM #

    I can smell fall! So ready for the colors to hit :)
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  6. Marc Collins September 20, 2011 at 1:14 PM #

    The water looks so silky smooth and you have great light. Very Nice Curt
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  7. Chris Frailey September 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM #

    Wow what a great shot Curt. Love the leaves in the foreground to break up the color.
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  8. Rick September 20, 2011 at 11:06 AM #

    Great low perspective! I need to process one of my waterfall shots after seeing you and Heath pull yours out.
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  9. Edith Levy September 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM #

    Curt this is stunning. The way you’ve captured the water and the lighting is amazing.
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  10. Victoria September 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM #

    Wow, very nice! :)
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  11. Dave DiCello September 20, 2011 at 9:10 AM #

    I just love the look of the water here Curt and your low POV is outstanding…well done man
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  12. Jan Winther September 20, 2011 at 7:19 AM #

    That’s a great shot Curt. Silky soft water makes this a very nice scene. The little fall in the background looks interesting.
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