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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