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Purlingbrook Falls

Purlingbrook Falls
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Rain Forest, River
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 IF ED DX
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-23 18:21
Viewed: 4663
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Purlingbrook Falls can be found in Springbrook National Park, south of Brisbane. This is a big one, with a greater than 100m drop to the canyon. In the shot, on the lower right, you can see a trail that can be followed to actually walk behind the falls. It was cool the day we were there, so we chose to remain dry.

This is a shot you may have seen before. Richard Cridland (rcrick), while he was taking us around to see the Port of Brisbane, Natural Bridge and other spots shot this one some time ago, and brought my wife and I out to see it first hand. It really is an awesome sight. Having some decent water flow and blue sky that day, didn’t hurt.

I wanted to try something different (for me) with this shot. I wanted to capture the canyon wall and Eucalypt forest along with the falls so I took a couple of landscape shots, and stitched them along the long axis. I also got to play with some photo recovery software that came with my compact flash card, as I inadvertently deleted the bottom shot, while cleaning up the disc (trying to save memory). The good news is, it works. I couldn’t recover the jpeg, but I got the .NEF file back so I could complete this posting.

In the workshop I've included a small section from the original tiff file of the top of the falls, to provide a sense of scale. There is a lookout, just to the left and above the falls. On it there are 4 people.

I follow a generic workflow now as outlined in my Bio.
Details and differences to this are as follows:
2 Shots taken at 18mm, ISO 200, f/13, 1/60 sec
Stitched together manually (in photoshop) by extending the canvas on one, pasting the other onto the extended canvas, applying a layer mask, and with a 20-50% opacity black brush, blended the two together
Continued as per a normal shot with my activities defined in the bio.
Used overlay layer with 5-10% opacity black and white brush for dodging and burning
Saturation (incremental +15 to master - based on proof colours compare)
Saved at 65% quality for 297K (detail such as this takes a lot of memory – I could not have posted this at the old 200K levels – even at 300 I’m pushing it.)

Jamesp, Miss_Piggy, rcrick, eng55, boreocypriensis, Adanac, CeltickRanger, LordPotty, Ken52, mlines, JoseMiguel, pablominto, valy67, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-23 22:28]

Hi John

Lovely view of these falls. Well composed shot - and good exposure control in whay was obviously very strong light.

I wouls instantly guess this was Australia - from the typical rock formation and the eucalypts!


Hallo John
This is really splendid and breathtaking. I like the sunlight shining right at the top of the fall. I am not good with judging distance or size but what I can see from your image this must be a huge and very high waterfall if I look at the size of the trees at the bottom. The green of the trees and the white of the foam of the water is a lovely combination of colour, and the haziness of the waterspray showing so well, makes this a very well captured landscape image. Thanks for sharing, and have an enjoyable day.
Best regards

Hi John
Whew! This is a pretty decent drop. I like the view being taken from the top as it details the rock face and the steepness of the drop. Well done on experimenting with the software too.

Hi John,

Amazing image mate, and some impressive work in stitching these together, its created a wonderful landscape with incredible detail and colour, excellent job,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-24 3:30]

Hi John,
Very nice landscape.Colors,details,exposure and effect of lower shutterspeed are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi John,
Amazing landscape shot of this fall with wonderful composition my friend!
Thanks for sharing this natural beauty.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-24 14:54]

Hello John,
What a commanding sight this is just add the sound and I would be in heaven. Great composition, depth of field and exposure with fantastic results. Thanks John.

hello John

beautiful scene of this falls with the rocks and the forest trees,
excellent luminosity of the image with excellent details
and i love the POV that you choosed to show this wonderful scene,



This is a grea shot John.
Nicely controlled exposure and good colour and detail throughout.

These falls are just waiting to be abseiled aren't they?
Just beautiful!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-06-25 11:04]

Ola John
Linda foto desta maravilhbosa e agradavel paisagem, suas cores são impressionantes e a composição esta esplendida.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-25 17:12]

Hi John,
This is a breathtaking senic view well captured! Focus and exposure are outstanding. The excellent DOF gives a real sense of the scene. I like the composition with the waterfall action in lower right one-third of frame. Adding the excellent workshop image really add perspective to this outstanding post. ...Ken

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-25 19:43]

Very crisp and sharp shot John, beautifuly composed with a very good technique, very impressive image, well odne, thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-25 22:37]

Hello John

Just marking the post for now


Hola John, un bonito paisaje, con buena luz y color. Un saludo

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-29 8:24]

Hi John,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful waterfall among the dense natural environs. Great view and the rock surface glows in the natural sunlight. Lovely colours and details and I like your chosen POV to portray this scenic beauty. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-07-17 11:54]

Hi John
very nice landscabe
well done.

Hi John,Well cropped and presented composition. The waterfall series you display are becoming an excellent documentation of Australian waterfalls. Good colours. TFS. Murray.

Hello john,
Fantastic capture of this lovely waterfall, nice exposure, good colors and light, excellent composition and point of view, very good sharpness and depth of field, tfs.

Hi John,
Excellent perspective to appreciate this natural wonder.
I like the way you managed to build the composition, with all those greens around the borders, and then the water fall as the center of interest.
For sure it must have been an awesome trip.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

This is a fine slice of the wilderness, depicting Australia according to an image in my mind!
The waterfall adds life to the scene, excellent details in rocks and vegetation...
The elevated point of view results in good impression of the place!

Pablo -

Hello John !
This looks a lot like the parts of France where I have been in holidays, I can remember very well how you feel when standing in front of such a majestic place. This watarfall here must have been impressive, too. The details on rocks and trees are excellent, and the composition is fantastic, giving us a clear idea of this place. Very well done !

Hi John,

The trees are a natural frame to the falls. You have captured well the action of the falls. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the rain forest and of the rock formation. The blue sky is sending a light which is enhancing the colors. have a nice day.


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