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Frozen Waterfall- Need tips!

 
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Feb 08, 2014 13:27 |  #1

Hello,

Being from Florida I've never had to work with the snow in landscapes. I'm attending school in Ohio, so this concept of photographing landscapes full of snow is new to me. I snapped this shot at a waterfall which was frozen. I was hoping it wouldn't be.

Anyway, any tips to make the snow pop out a bit without blowing highlights out and also keeping everything else exposed/colored properly? This picture is only 1 picture. In LR I honestly just played with the levels a bit to try and do it, but I'd rather get it done right in camera.

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Note: I don't have a CPL yet. Would that have helped with the glare from the snow?

Appreciate it

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Feb 08, 2014 15:46 |  #2

It helps to have adequate lighting to allow some contrast.

I generally knock down the highlights in Lightroom to get the white to back off a bit.

There is a graduated neutral density tool that works OK to knock back the sky.

(I use Cokin P filters with ND grads when in the field plus a B&W CPL)

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Otherwise zooming onto an interesting spot might be interesting as well.

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If the shot is still a bit dull, I tweak the vibrance and saturation sliders to see if anything pops.

Best of luck.

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Feb 08, 2014 22:20 |  #3

jimmy_racoon wrote in post #16674294 (external link)
It helps to have adequate lighting to allow some contrast.

I generally knock down the highlights in Lightroom to get the white to back off a bit.

There is a graduated neutral density tool that works OK to knock back the sky.

(I use Cokin P filters with ND grads when in the field plus a B&W CPL)

If the shot is still a bit dull, I tweak the vibrance and saturation sliders to see if anything pops.

Best of luck.

Okay thank you. In PP all I did was lower highlights, I think i added just a little bit of white and brought out the shadows I bit. This place wasn't lit too well so the contrast initially wasn't really there also. Lastly, what do you do in PP to bring out the texture of the snow?? That was the one part I was curious about.

Thank you for your help!

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Feb 08, 2014 22:39 as a reply to  @ Bclaf's post |  #4

depending on the lens, I almost always sharpen.

this was the 70-200mm f/4L IS, so not much is ever needed

(I would not exceed 50 with any lens-just personal limit, I guess)

that and contrast should get you there-otherwise the light just wasn't happening

not sure if this helps, but practice with settings, take multiple exposures, then evaluate

good luck!


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Feb 08, 2014 23:55 |  #5

In Lightroom I'd use your brush and increase the highlights in the areas you want. If you have Photoshop, luminosity masks are good are targeting areas based on certain tonal values. I edited your photo. If you enable photo editing in your forum profile I can post the results here.




  
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Feb 09, 2014 00:51 |  #6

In a photo with a lot of snow the camera will expose the snow so it looks medium grey. In that case you push exposure compensation above zero to get the camera to make the snow whiter. Stop before it blows out to pure white. Imo your snow is a little too grey.


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Feb 09, 2014 02:11 |  #7

A CPL may help a little bit but the most important part is to shoot before the sun comes up (but still light out) or after the sun goes down. Those two times are the best times to shoot any waterfall because the direct sunlight will blow out areas very quickly. Or you could try on a cloudy day where there is little sunlight penetrating the clouds.


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