Water Slide

Today’s shot is of another unnamed waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest of western North Carolina. This waterfall is located about 50 yards above the falls we saw in the post Wall of Water. The heavily diffused light of late afternoon created the perfect conditions to shoot long exposures. I tried a few different compositions of this shot, with and without the trees in the foreground, but decided that I actually liked how the trees framed the waterfall.

I’ve been using OnOne PhotoTools to do most of the heavy lifting for my waterfall images. My go-to starting point has to be the Color and Tone Intensity filter, it really brings out the colors in the foliage while adding a tremendous amount of depth and contrast. My favorite hidden treasure/secret weapon is the Smart ND Filter. This filter works very much like the Recovery slider in Camera RAW and Lightroom, it affects only the highlight areas of an image and returns a tremendous amount of detail.

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

Settings: 18mm, ISO100, f/16, 1.6 seconds

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

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  1. Adam Allegro November 23, 2011 at 3:32 AM #

    Wow curt, once again your image has put a big smile on my face! Well done. I love the smooth water movement you have captured. Those two foreground trees round out the image quite well. Very well done my friend.
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  2. Phillip Burrow November 22, 2011 at 7:48 PM #

    Wonderful capture Curt!Amazing work.

  3. Jimi Jones November 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM #

    I like how the water is gushing right toward the viewer, only to be deflected by the rocks. Outstanding shot, Curt.
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  4. Marc Collins November 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM #

    Nice looking cascading waterfall. I like the processing you’ve chosen for this image.
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  5. Mark Summerfield November 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM #

    Nice POV! I agree that the two trees framing the water definitely add to the composition. You have managed to achieve great depth with this shot through both the water and the leaves on the rocky banks either side.
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  6. LensScaper November 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM #

    That’s a clever POV you’ve chosen. The trees neatly frame the main section of the slide and the foliage at the base of that section is a nice contrast. Great shot
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  7. Edith Levy November 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM #

    Beautifully captured and composed Curt.
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  8. Steven Perlmutter November 22, 2011 at 9:36 AM #

    Tremendous shot Curt. It looks like it really would make a pretty fun water slide (with enough padding and a helmet of course).
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  9. Len Saltiel November 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM #

    Great composition Curt with the water seeming to flow right at you.
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  10. Chris Frailey November 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM #

    Beautiful shot Curt. Love all those leaves around the waterfall.

  11. Chris Maskell November 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM #

    Love the shots you are getting from this area, the colours of the woodland against that milky white ribbon of river is stunning
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  12. Rick Louie November 22, 2011 at 8:13 AM #

    Interesting waterfall! It looks like it’s flowing over some stairs. I need to try the new onOne suite. I love the previous version and use it all the time.
    Rick Louie recently posted…Into the Forest

  13. Dave DiCello November 22, 2011 at 7:54 AM #

    Really well framed here Curt, this is outstanding. I am a fairly heavy onOne user myself!
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