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Dylan Zoebelein's picture

I can't figure out how to edit this one, thoughts?

I am fairly happy with the composition. But the image feels extremely busy and has too much contrast. Any editing suggestions? Is it worth editing?

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Phillip Breske's picture

I don't know about "too much contrast," but I agree the image is very busy. I think there is just a little too much going on to allow your audience to find a single subject. I cropped it to a vertical orientation, but there is still a lot of distractions that would be prohibitively difficult to remove in post. It also looks like a tough hike to get closer to the falls, but a closer, less cluttered view would make for a better photo.

Dylan Zoebelein's picture

Thank you Phillip! I may have to revisit this site when the weather changes. I would love to have hiked a bit closer, but a lot of it is outside the bounds of the hiking path :(

Alan Brown's picture

Hi Dylan. I can see what you were aiming for but as you and Phillip indicate there really is a lot going on in the image and the 'subject' is hidden amidst the clutter.
Ideally you could have taken a few steps to the left to get the brook acting as a lead in to the waterfall but I understand that may not have been an option.

The best I can offer as an option works along the lines of what Phillip offered.

Dylan Zoebelein's picture

The crops both you and Phillip created really did help reduce some of the clutter. I am wondering if the snow ended up adding too much to the image instead of improving it.

Thanks again for your help!

Robert Nurse's picture

I'd experiment and see what develops (pun intended). Here's what I did in Lightroom real quick:
- Raised shadows a lot: 81
- Raised contrast a bit
- Lowered blacks
- Raised clarity, dehaze and vibrance a bit
- Raised saturation and luminance selectively

There are a ton of things you can do all to your taste. Keep at until you like it.

Dylan Zoebelein's picture

Thanks for the reply Robert! I like the idea of the selective saturation edit to the image.

joseph cole's picture

I will edit this but what I see looking at this is more movie set/scene it actually reminds me of the 80s movie Legend
....and here is my edit it was fun

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Beautiful edit Joseph!

joseph cole's picture

thanks Radisa that's the one thing i love about seeing other peoples edits everyone has their own flare and ideas not better or worse ideas just different we should do this more often

Chris Jablonski's picture

Love your edit, Joseph. I thought Robert found something in the original uncropped image by emphasising the falls, but you've pretty much nailed it! When that "busy" detail is subdued, it becomes more like context, and ceases to be a visual problem. You should take up painting. Oh, that's right, you have already...

joseph cole's picture

Lol thanks Chris I feel like it becomes more fantasy than a real capture but I really like the bones of this shot

Alan Brown's picture

Great job creating such a moody image Joseph. That certainly transforms the image.

joseph cole's picture

Thanks Alan much appreciated

Dylan Zoebelein's picture

Wonderful edit Joseph! I love the mood that you created with this edit. Its interesting how much different each person edit turned out.

joseph cole's picture

yeah i like seeing all the different ideas it gets those creative juices flowing

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Very interesting scene and capture.
With a bit of cooling in the color balance, selective vignette, a little lighting play with luminosity masks, touch of Orton effect, with square crop, and that's my version with help of Photoshop.
Of course everything depends on your personal taste and preferences.

joseph cole's picture

cracking my knuckles ...my turn lol...

joseph cole's picture

i know mine is too colorful for you lol but yes Radisa always does a nice job

Chris Jablonski's picture

Great job too, Radisa! A typically almost fairy-tale-like atmosphere from you. How come I never noticed that falling snow?

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Thank you Chris! I'm glad you asked that question. As for the snow that fell when Dylan made this great photo, I only recreated him and pointed out as integral part of image, because he had practically become invisible with this method of editing. Almost every processing has its own good and bad sides and this should always be kept in mind. Of course, this is just an example that I showed with a very little time spent, but it takes more time for some serious post-processing.

Alan Brown's picture

Yep, just goes to show what can be done to elevate an image once you get those creative juices flowing. Great job Radisa!

Dylan Zoebelein's picture

I love the edit Radisa! Excellent work. I am going to try and recreate that affect myself. You do such a good job editing those photos!