TRhoads wrote in post #18452047
CaptureOne is starting to look good again...lately LR crashes about 4 times before I can finally get it to open and not crash...really, really frustrating.
Alfredo, your images of the falls are so rich with detail, are you focus stacking or is that one shot for that depth and texture? If you tell me its one shot, and due in part to the Lox 21...that is impressive...you and David both achieve such great texture.
Thank you Travis. This was actually a composite of two separate images. One for the waterfalls at a slower shutter speed (base image) and another higher ISO/faster shutter speed for the foliage (freeze foliage). It was a bit windy that morning so I took some extra captures to freeze the foliage and then I masked in parts from the higher ISO image with my base image, especially the foreground. I find trees or leaves that are blurry due to wind to be distracting. It takes some time to blend in everything so it looks natural and clean but I think it's well worth it, especially if you plan to print the image large.
Regarding the depth/texture of the image, much of that is the Loxia 21 and its ability to capture the detail and micro contrast in a scene. The rest is editing using Nik's detail extractor (targeted adjustment to parts of the image avoiding soft areas like the falls), applying targeted clarity/dehaze in ACR or LR, and applying final output sharpening. I like to use Smart Sharpen but High Pass also works nicely. Many ways to effectively sharpen. I then export using the TKActions panel at 1280px, 1600px, and 2048px. Oh, I also apply targeted Orton effect to parts of the image and dodge/burn to draw the eye in brighter parts of the image. Color also is a big component in how the final edited image will look. Foliage is tricky because you can certainly go overboard with HSL adjustments to yellow and green hues. Notice I didn't add blue to the water. Maybe a little bit would be effective as an artistic look but water is typically not blue unless you are in Iceland.