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    Semi OT Crappy Waterfall Pictures (updated)

    Updated below with more incredibly amateur photos.

    I wanted to try to take some pictures of Tiffany Falls. I rode my bike there.





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    Those pictures are not at all crappy!

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    I like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuprGrovr View Post
    Those pictures are not at all crappy!
    Not pro quality, but not that bad for a kid riding around with a lil point and shoot camera.
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    Looks like a good destination. The pictures are good too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Looks like a good destination.
    I actually go by there every day on the way to school. The waterfall is just a couple hundred meters from the road. Every once in a while I stop by and enjoy it.
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    It's good to take time out and enjoy the scenery once in a while. Good for you.
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    A shot of the waterfall visible from the Le Circuit Jean-Larose at MSA (just to throw in some more waterfall shots)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    I actually go by there every day on the way to school. The waterfall is just a couple hundred meters from the road. Every once in a while I stop by and enjoy it.
    Great photos RKJ.

    If you go a little further uphill, near the Old Ancaster Mill, Sherman Falls is located. The trailhead is on Lions Club Road. It is another of the fantastic falls located in the Hamilton area. Hamilton also being known as the Waterfall City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudhead View Post
    If you go a little further uphill, near the Old Ancaster Mill, Sherman Falls is located. The trailhead is on Lions Club Road. It is another of the fantastic falls located in the Hamilton area. Hamilton also being known as the Waterfall City.
    Yup, Sherman Falls is also incredibly accessible. It's right off the road, and flows pretty well most of the year. Waterfalls make a nice destination for a bike ride. I sometime look at the Hamilton Cycling Map, pick a waterfall, and ride to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    (just to throw in some more waterfall shots)
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    Nice!

    I especially like this one, just a little dark imo. If it was mine I would tweak it a bit.
    I hope you don't mind me playing with your pic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    I especially like this one, just a little dark imo. If it was mine I would tweak it a bit.
    Don't mind at all. Can you explain the changes you made?

    I shot that during the last minutes of daylight. Ideally I would have gotten there a few minutes sooner. Exposure time was 2.5 seconds on that one.
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    BCD, using your re-touch as a guide, I got something pretty close. A bunch more saturation, more shapness, more brightness, more contrast, and a small tweak of the levels adjustment. Still not quite the same though, and I've blown out some the highlights in the waterfall near the top.

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    for reference, here is the shot straight outta the camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Don't mind at all. Can you explain the changes you made?

    I shot that during the last minutes of daylight. Ideally I would have gotten there a few minutes sooner. Exposure time was 2.5 seconds on that one.
    you pretty much got it! because it was dark i pulled the levels up a bit, which reduces contrast. brought the contrast up plus a bit of saturation to add punch. it took more saturation than i would expect but i think that's probably due to limitation of a P&S sensor. and i always sharpen a bit as digital out of the box is always too soft, and because i have old eyes
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Still not quite the same though, and I've blown out some the highlights in the waterfall near the top.
    you can always work on selected sections independently to avoid blown hilights. although i didn't on your pic i often do on my own because i hate blown highlights! and nothing looks worse than a sky full of clouds that look paper white. i try to expose the shot as much as possible to avoid that, preferring dark shadows elsewhere instead if having to choose. the dark shadows usually add visual interest and punch.
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    makes a nice b&w too...

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    a small waterfall at the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency just outside of Quebec City (to continue the waterfall theme)
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    very nice
    you'll have to set that up in the same location when it's frozen

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    very nice
    you'll have to set that up in the same location when it's frozen
    Good idea. Tiffany Falls looks great with a little ice for decoration. This picture is probably 5 years old now...



    It makes me cold just looking at it.
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    More incredibly amateur photos for your enjoyment. Fresh from this evening.

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    A different take on Tiffany Falls. More light, shorter shutter speed.


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    My ride to the waterfalls. Oh look, bike content.


    And just for fun, some light trails on the Linc
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    Nice.!!..

    your artsy-fartsy side is definitely coming on!
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    To the OP, would you be able to post the original 3 pictures before editing? I'd love to see before and afters of what a little time can do.. I took a 1 day course, but my pics never turn out so nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyrblade View Post
    To the OP, would you be able to post the original 3 pictures before editing? I'd love to see before and afters of what a little time can do.. I took a 1 day course, but my pics never turn out so nice.
    The original waterfall (Tiffany Falls) picture is posted unedited in post #15.

    I'll post the next two of the water flowing over the rocks, unedited in a minute. I did not make significant changes to them. Just cropping, and a little brightness / contrast adjustments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyrblade View Post
    To the OP, would you be able to post the original 3 pictures before editing? I'd love to see before and afters of what a little time can do.. I took a 1 day course, but my pics never turn out so nice.
    Clickable thumbnails.

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    I'm still VERY new to my SLR - Was there a setting you used to make the water look as it does? When I take the pic, it's very sharp, with the ability to see individual droplets, which is nice if that's what I want, buuuuuut.. not always!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyrblade View Post
    I'm still VERY new to my SLR - Was there a setting you used to make the water look as it does? When I take the pic, it's very sharp, with the ability to see individual droplets, which is nice if that's what I want, buuuuuut.. not always!
    I think rkj said "Exposure time was 2.5 seconds on that one"
    That gives moving objects, like water the flow look that I think you are asking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyrblade View Post
    I'm still VERY new to my SLR - Was there a setting you used to make the water look as it does? When I take the pic, it's very sharp, with the ability to see individual droplets, which is nice if that's what I want, buuuuuut.. not always!
    First time of day is critical. The first or last hours of daylight are ideal. You want a slow shutter speed. This is difficult to achieve with a lot of bright sunlight, unless you have a neutral density filter (which I do not). Generally, bright light + slow shutter = over exposed.

    This video explains the techniques well.
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iOhfsVAfPv0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Note, the video is shot during full daylight. Had the lighting been less intense, he would have gotten great results without the filter as well.

    Low ISO: sensor of camera is less sensitive to light
    High aperture value: Smaller hole, less light gets to sensor of camera.

    Also, my point and shoot camera does not allow me to take manual control of the aperture values, which is somewhat limiting in this situation. I'm stuck with a fairly open value of f/3.2 unless I zoom in, which I did not want to do here. Shutter speeds were ~2.5 sec for the first pictures shot in rather low light. For the second batch of pictures, there was a little more light, and shutter speeds were ~.25 - 0.8 sec. Just enough to get a little blurring. Ideally you want to aim for at least 1 sec.

    I recently read a Digital Photography for Dummies book, and it helped me better understand some of the technical terms associated with photography, though I had a little background knowledge already. In the future, I might be interested in picking up a slightly more advanced book. Further in the future, I might consider a more advanced camera as well. I need to graduate and land a job first though.
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