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Winter's Soul by Jordan-Roberts Winter's Soul by Jordan-Roberts

Jordan Roberts Photography

Wahclella Falls, Oregon

 

I've been on a serious dry-spell lately with photos as the weather along the Gorge hasn't been all that great. I needed to shoot anything, so I decided to scout around. I wasn't expecting to find the last ice chip like this. Winter photos from these waterfalls are rare (with the exception of Addam a.k.a. NWUnseen). Greglief has also posted some from winter, but in all reality they are just super difficult to shoot. I was surprised I could even get the color out of the shot on a cloudy day. The falls themselves were quite saturated to the human eye, my camera had a tough time capturing it though. So here it is. Enjoy!

This is a blend of 7 images. I constructed the background and the foreground separately and then blended the two images.

 

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FrancescaDelfino Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Hi-Hi Cutie Emote + PLZ 
Your work has been featured here Our Best Feb 2014 check it out Love
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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DorotejaC Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome ;)
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks!!! :)
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0illecebra0 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This photograph looks a lot like a place that I have only seen in my dreams up to now! The water looks really dreamy and the detail I can see in the foreground and the crisp contrast in the background are astonishing! 
Blending multiple images together seems like a very powerful technique to bring out the most of the shots, and Im quite interested in it; does it happen to have a specific name?
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you :) Blending comes under many different names. "Hand Blend", "Manual Blending" (probably most common), "Focus Stacking". I personally like to reference it as "Exposure Stacking". But it all depends on the effect you are trying to achieve. Focus Stacking is when you blend multiple focal points throughout the image to create a sharp image from front to back. Manual Blending is when you blend multiple exposures to create an evenly exposed image. To me it's a much more powerful tool then using Graduated Neutral Density filters, plus it saves time in the field and allows you to focus more on the important thing...... photography!
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Photographer
I'm also interested in trying the Blending technique in lieu of GND filters.  For this particular image, do you recall if you used Manual or Exposure Stacking?  I'm assuming that you use Photoshop to do this, but please correct me if I am wrong.  Thank you for your time to answer these questions! :) (Smile) 
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Photographer
I definitely use Manual stacking for all of my images. Manual blending gives you the most control over the exposure for each subject matter in the image. So for this image, I used 5 different images to create all the parts in higher detail. I exposed for the ice chip/foreground rock, the waterfall, the waterfall spray, the mid-ground water and the wall in the background.


I then build the image based on parts that make most sense and are easiest to blend. So I blended the waterfall with the background wall, the waterfall spray with the mid-ground water, and the ice chip with the mid-ground water. So in the end, I was still left with 2 parts of the image.......... the foreground and the background, and then I just blended them together, like a basic image.

This image is actually a really good example of my usual method. When I go out and take photos I really only expose for certain subjects of the photo, rather than the entire photo as a whole; this gives you more control later on, and takes the pressure off having to try and get "that perfect exposure" when time is running out. This was also how I was able to get the waterfall spray really pronounced and in high detail.
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much Peter! Always appreciated :)
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augenweide Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
welcome Jordan...:iconravesplz:
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!  :heart:
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
:) Glad you like it!
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Meema Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely shot.
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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KevinATrask Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really cool.  I love how misty it is at the bottom of the waterfall.  Great shot!
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much I'm glad you liked it!
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
sick man! love those crispy greens and is a nice touch with the ice chip :D wish i could of been down there..storms didnt come through until last night so i can just got rained on during my outing :/
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
You're welcome down anytime man! We can get up and shoot every fall in a day too lol There's actually a couple falls in Eastern Oregon I'm keeping an eye on weather wise.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
sounds great! trying to get some plans going for heading down that way come march :D
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
For sure! Let me know!
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7016588293 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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gperkins10 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Awesome shot! I'd love to have you join my new photography group, PhotoExposure! :)
 
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks :) I will definitely join!
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Excellent shot, Jordan! I'm amazed at the color and detail you were able to pull out of the scene for a cloudy day. There's some nice juxtaposition there with the vibrant green environment housing the ice chip. Very impressive work. :)
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks Leeanne! :) I was surprised too. To me the scene was really green, but my camera struggled a bit lol I had a few tricks up my sleeve though ;)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
If they're anything like the tricks Addam has been trying to teach me, then I'm doubly impressed! I feel like my mind has been blown in the last couple of months as far as processing, and I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Very overwhelming!
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Haha and what are some of the things he's been showing you?
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Stuff like luminosity masks, different sharpening techniques, dodge and burn layers...the Tony Kuyper actions for PS. 
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ah ya this image has all that. I use a specific web sharpening technique for this one above and then for my print sharpening I'll usually apply a High-Pass filter, it also helps punch through water-spray a tad. Tony Kuyper's actions are the BEST! I use his saturation/vibrance masks all the time. Make sure Addam shows you how to perform those, they help so much with color corrections.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Oh, I'll make sure I learn those as well. I'm all the time struggling with color correction! I'll have to look into new ways to handle print sharpening as well. 
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ya color correction was frustrating for me to learn too and honestly is probably the most dry part of editing for me.
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mamork Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Beautiful !
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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mamork Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
You're welcome :D
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TheCallyBear Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this took my breath away.
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm glad! :)
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
really beautiful scene!
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no worries!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
woderful
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
:)
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Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic and beautiful! :D
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it!
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!  really nice :)
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Jordan-Roberts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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