Waterfall: Before & After

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Canon 5DMkIII, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, 66 sec at f/16, ISO 100

In honor of #WaterfallWednesday (curated by the great +Eric Leslie) I thought I’d share a “before and after” of an image from Ruckel Creek Falls along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. I love the CRG, it’s so peaceful and calm. Plus it’s fresh air and beautiful scenery … I have a feeling that I’ll be spending a LOT of time there in the next several years.

Here’s another image from that same location (http://bit.ly/Nb5xeB) and here’s a behind-the-scenes that +Brian Matiash took of me getting my feet wet in the stream (http://bit.ly/Qf1jH7). :)

Processing Info: I did most of the editing in Lightroom, such as basic tonal adjustments and tweaking the saturation a bit (mostly just the greens and yellow channels). I also did a teensy bit of split-tone to give the water a subtle hint of blue. Then I took it into Photoshop to do a bit of dodging and burning, as well as some cloning to get rid of a sensor spot and a small branch I didn’t like in the scene.

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:04+00:00 August 1st, 2012|56 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

56 Comments

  1. Eric Leslie August 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Awesome idea to show the before and after. The finished shot has so much pop!

  2. Eric Leslie August 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Awesome idea to show the before and after. The finished shot has so much pop!

  3. Nicole S. Young August 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks +Eric Leslie!

  4. Nicole S. Young August 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks +Eric Leslie!

  5. Monjur Hossain Ayon August 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    super and awesome place……!

  6. Monjur Hossain Ayon August 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    super and awesome place……!

  7. Prie Prie Zmeblack August 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    where is that's

  8. Prie Prie Zmeblack August 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    where is that's

  9. Georg Weber August 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Eine wirklich gute Aufnahme und eine super Nachbearbeitung.

  10. Vinod Krishnamoorthy August 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young  I like the effect in the original shot itself.. :) The image is unreal in a nice way :)

  11. Vinod Krishnamoorthy August 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young  I like the effect in the original shot itself.. :) The image is unreal in a nice way :)

  12. balu subramanian August 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    great n nyc effort

  13. balu subramanian August 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    great n nyc effort

  14. Michelle Hedstrom August 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    You're just sitting on some rock, relaxing, figuring, "I guess I'll take a photo", right?

  15. Michelle Hedstrom August 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    You're just sitting on some rock, relaxing, figuring, "I guess I'll take a photo", right?

  16. PRAYAG SINDHAVA August 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    BUTE VAEE BUTEE

  17. PRAYAG SINDHAVA August 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    BUTE VAEE BUTEE

  18. Trisha Newcomber August 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    very nice

  19. Trisha Newcomber August 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    very nice

  20. Dennis Johnson August 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I found both the branch and the sensor spot in the left image.  Do I win anything?  :P

  21. Dennis Johnson August 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I found both the branch and the sensor spot in the left image.  Do I win anything?  :P

  22. PRAYAG SINDHAVA August 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    THAKS

  23. PRAYAG SINDHAVA August 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    THAKS

  24. Bill Dodd August 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Beautiful location — nice processing!

  25. Bill Dodd August 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Beautiful location — nice processing!

  26. Michael Nestler August 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply
  27. Michael Nestler August 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply
  28. Karthik Nagaraj August 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Nice. 

  29. Karthik Nagaraj August 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Nice.

  30. Peter Lawton August 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing +Nicole S. Young
    The CRG is an amazing place for sure.

  31. Peter Lawton August 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing +Nicole S. Young
    The CRG is an amazing place for sure.

  32. Greg Simmons August 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the details. It helps newer, less experienced photogs like me to learn.

  33. Greg Simmons August 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the details. It helps newer, less experienced photogs like me to learn.

  34. Albert V Efondo August 2, 2012 at 12:05 am - Reply

    What a lovely shot

  35. Albert V Efondo August 2, 2012 at 12:05 am - Reply

    What a lovely shot

  36. Richard Hanley Jr. August 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photo.

    Why didn’t you just move the branch if it bothered you?

    • Nicole August 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      In this case, it would have required a lot of work to get to the branch (and would have likely ended up with me slipping on rocks and getting soaked). Plus, it was probably connected to something. :)

  37. David Lee August 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Unreal:!

  38. David Lee August 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Unreal:!

  39. Wilson Valentin August 2, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Neutral Density filter?

  40. Colleen Rose August 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    i like the before :) but both are GREAT!

  41. Colleen Rose August 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    i like the before :) but both are GREAT!

  42. Dianne Godwin August 4, 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Just beautiful!

  43. Dianne Godwin August 4, 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Just beautiful!

  44. bappi deebbrraa August 4, 2012 at 11:56 am - Reply

    IMAGINATION N INSPIRATION.

  45. bappi deebbrraa August 4, 2012 at 11:56 am - Reply

    IMAGINATION N INSPIRATION.

  46. suresh sanghavi August 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    plu in use is beautiful

  47. suresh sanghavi August 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    plu in use is beautiful

  48. juga khan August 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    nice

  49. juga khan August 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    nice

  50. M M Shaa Sharma August 5, 2012 at 5:18 am - Reply

    We can always change for the Better!
    When U get a big dream,get bussy on
    it.The same GOD who gave U the big dream
    in the first place will give you little pieces
    to make that big dream a reality

  51. M M Shaa Sharma August 5, 2012 at 5:18 am - Reply

    We can always change for the Better!
    When U get a big dream,get bussy on
    it.The same GOD who gave U the big dream
    in the first place will give you little pieces
    to make that big dream a reality

  52. PRAYAG SINDHAVA August 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    J

  53. PRAYAG SINDHAVA August 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    J

  54. Adrian Moran August 6, 2012 at 7:33 am - Reply

    :)

  55. Adrian Moran August 6, 2012 at 7:33 am - Reply

    :)

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