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Leura Cascades, Blue Mtns, NSW by MattLauder Leura Cascades, Blue Mtns, NSW by MattLauder
This shot is located in the Blue Mountains about an hours drive outside of Sydney. This waterfall was one that I had never been too and decided to explore on the recent course I ran recently.

Very tight location to shoot with walkways infront and around you and we were lucky to have overcast rain conditions when shooting but I would have liked for a darker kind of light to balance the shot more as you shoot from a shallow cave. But hey you cant win them all.

Canon 5D Mk II | 8 image stitch | polariser

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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010   Photographer
This spot is on my list for when I visit Australia. :love: Well done!
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marshalcollection Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Is this heaven...great shot...
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xm09 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
wow, that's so pretty!
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Alcamin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
A beautiful image! Very strong contrast. Excellent work! :)
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Fishermang Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Personally I would prefer the lighter version of this. The darkness becomes too anonymous to my eyes :) A matter of taste of course!
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Yep all a matter of taste. Thanks for the honest feedback. I would have liked it lighter but the undergrowth was too dead.
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Lukabo969 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Beautiful! :D
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Super strong again. I would like a little bit of shadow recovery (maybe threshold of 5) so all detail isnt lost left and right of the falls. Otherwise killer.

aF
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
All the detail in the shadow to the left and right of the falls is dead under growth... ugly stuff.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hmm, intersting point. What about bringing it to just past full black so there is a hint of detail but the viewer cant tell what it is? Just something about the dead space feels weird. Maybe just me...
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
I get what you mean, but for this shot I personally feel how the image is keeps the viewers eye focus on the attractive aspects of the image. Sometimes less is more.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
Yep. Eliminating is the name of the game. I've read that somewhere 8-) ha! Just having fun with you and thanks for the discourse. Rock on!

aF
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TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is a really good water capture
the whites are really well captured and the colours are really deep
really, really love
:D
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Thanks... thats why I used the soft grad to keep the water detail in the top of the shot.
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TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
yep, awesome
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fusionx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Lovely work Matt, the transition from dark to light works so well. Would love to get to this location myself.
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Yea it is a nice spot. Worth a look if your up in the mountains.
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fusionx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
For sure, I just got camping approval for the carpark area of stevensons falls in the otways, dying to do these star trails over the falls.
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Quite dark, high contrasted rainforest scenes are what I'd like to see more of from you, beautiful work :)
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Thanks Drew... there will be more to come that's for sure. There was quite a lot of unattractive dead foliage to the left so darkening the shot removed it from focus and then I selectively masked in what I wanted. Worked well.
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
I see why you've done it now, worked well indeed :)
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ClaireCollyer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
beautiful Matt just beautiful!!!
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Lansur Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
what i really like here is that you`ve blown out all shadows, thus accenuating the waterflow - do i get your idea right?
PS the only "bad" thing is this piece of orange sand, distracting attention
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Yea I have darkened the shadows a bit especially in the vegetation because there was a lot of dead brown plants. I see what you mean by the sand. Thanks for the feedback. Cheers
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
I have re uploaded the shot and toned down the sand Lansur pointed out.
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