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Autumn colors at Cataract Falls in Cloverdale, Indiana.

I think this is one of the best kept secrets in Indiana. Autumn here has made me recognize the beauty of the Midwest. God, forgive me for my poor attitude towards Indiana. You changed my mind today.
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Joojie99 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow. This is just stunning. 
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, this is one of my favs.
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Joojie99 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I find it funny, because recently I visited a completely different place called Cataract GORGE haha :giggle: 
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah yes, you're from Australia, lucky gal. You're very blessed indeed to live in such a beautiful place. I would imagine the Cataract Gorge is quite impressive.
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Joojie99 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student General Artist
It was somewhat. The levels weren't too high. I imagine it would be much more exciting if they were.
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Buntcone Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
really like the contrast between the autumnal background colours and the velvet textures of the waterfall in foreground :clap:
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. I'm glad you like it and appreciate your taking the time to comment. :)
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Buntcone Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problemo :boogie:
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SharingMyDreams Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
So Gorgeous! did you use a ND filter on this?
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, it is a gorgeous place in the fall. Indeed, variable ND filter, tripod, 10 s exposure.
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SharingMyDreams Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
I NEED a ND filter! ;) do you recommend a certain one? 
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hoyo is the top brand. Tiffen is pretty good. ND400 (www.amazon.com/Hoya-Neutral-De… is for day time long exposures, while ND 8 (www.amazon.com/Hoya-Neutral-De… is for cloudy days and around golden hour shooting. The variable ND filters are easier to work with but are not made as well. And you'll need the right size for the lenses you have. If you have two different lens sizes, you can either get filters with the right mm size for both or get an adapter ring that will allow you to use larger filters on smaller lenses.
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SharingMyDreams Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for your information! I really appreciate it! I am definitely going to get some filters.  Do you ever use a gradient filter? 

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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I have played with gradient filters and am looking into buying a "real" filter system like www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product…. They are far more flexible than the cheap screw-on filters. For now I use a realistic form of HDR for such things if I need to capture both bright sky and darker land/water. Many pros use programs to merge exposures in RAW to get the effect of a filter but others do use the more traditional filter approach so they can cut back on post-processing. Both are used.
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SharingMyDreams Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'm not so keen on the post-processing (photoshop)...It confuses me and I suppose I could learn it, but I would rather get it right straight out of the camera.  
My camera has a built in HDR feature, but I think the photos look odd, perhaps I am not doing it right. 

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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Most anybody who works with photography to any serious extent does some level of post-processing. The very act of shooting in RAW requires post-processing. But yes, the extent of the post-processing is where most disagreement resides. When I say HDR, I really mean blending exposures. When the dynamic range of the scene is more than the camera can handle, blending two or more exposure in Photoshop or another program is often the answer. I hand-blend two or three exposures rather than using the programmed feature as it looks ridiculous and not life like. I know some photographers who like this bright, not-as-realistic method but it is not what I prefer. And unfortunately, that is what most people think of when they hear HDR. Good HDR is when you can't tell it's HDR (it just looks like a realistic scene you might see).

I want to just present the scene as I saw it. I'm sensing that is what you prefer as well. I'm just learning hand-blending this year and it takes time but essentially you open the two exposure in Photoshop, drag one photo onto the other (automatically creating a new layer with the second photo in it) then create a layer mask and use your paintbrush to erase or reveal parts of the photos so that the end result is a correctly exposed photo for both land and sky. My first attempt was fav.me/d5ya0vy which required 3 different exposures and is something that wouldn't have worked with a gradient filter because of how the elements are arranged. My second was fav.me/d6b7r7i which is two exposures. Here a gradient filter would have been fine. My third and latest is fav.me/d6e96fs. There are some things that a gradient filter just can't do such as when there are diagonals and parallel elements of differing exposure involved in the scene. Using and knowing both filters and post-processing I believe is most valuable.
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heART-Werks Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A...MAZING!
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! It is a stunning place in the fall.
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alimuse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Great work, Hannah!
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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yangosplat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely beautiful! Love it!
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I appreciate your taking time to comment. :D Happy Thanksgiving! :)
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yangosplat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome and happy Thanksgiving to you too! :)
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful beautiful shot Hannah!! :love:
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
My sweet pleasure Hannah! :hug: I'd LOVE to shoot some photos THERE!!
By the way, please check out MY gallery (since I know you love nature)...you never know what you'll find in there.
:heart:~:gallery: [link]
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Capturing-the-Light Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hannah,
A superb sight to behold, you have composed the shot perfectly. the exposure has created a superb effect with the flowing water.The backdrop of autuminal colours are heavenly to look at. i can feel myself in the scene, soaking up the colours and the sound of the flowing waters. Excellent work indeed.
Simon
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the substantial comment. I truly appreciate you taking the time to look and comment. I appreciate the feedback. This shot is a really a represenation of how much I have learned and the progress I have made since first beginning photography a few years ago. So, it means a lot to have you approve of it. :)
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Capturing-the-Light Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hannah, you have learnt well indeed. You are right to be proud of this photograph, your photography has developed at a great pace. Its really a delight to look through your gallery and see the progression in your ability, you have in a short period of time developed into a really fine photographer. Keep it up.
Simon
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much, Simon
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Jedediah22 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
This is really very good! Well composed and the shutter speed just right as well! Great, great job!:D
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much!I'm honored you like it. I really appreciate the comment. :D
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ANewCreation Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
AMAZING!!!!! WELL DONE Hannah! :)
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Took me a while, but I'm learning. :D

How are you doing, Alison?
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ANewCreation Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I am doing well thanks! It has been an unusually hard migraine season for me this fall...hopefully this too shall pass! :P
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry to hear about the migraines. Have you found anything that helps with the pain?
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ANewCreation Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Not really, sometimes the side effects of the medications are almost as bad as the headache! I find that if I am intentional about relaxation and my mental and spiritual health, things go alot better for me. How's school for you so far?
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Any progress with the migraine pain? Sorry it took me a while to respond--I tend to put off things I want to spend more time on and then they don't happen for a while. To answer your question, the new semester is going alright. I don't have to TA this semester so my focus is on my last chem class, a real doosy, and my research. This semester is much different than previous ones, and I really need to learn how to pace myself to meet the eventual, rather than immediate deadlines. I haven't been getting as much done as I should and really need to figure out my schedule so that I can have time with God, people, and my grad work at the top of the list rather than mindless, purposeless, unfulfilling things encroaching. I also had a lot of not so good things happen the first two weeks that really tried me and forced me to put my faith in whom it belongs and spend more time with my Father. Not too fun, but definitely growing me. And much more growing to be done. How are things going for you this new year?
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ANewCreation Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Ah...yes...the journey of sanctification. It is the way I have begun to see the challenging things in my life. They are all there to help me along on my journey of sanctification in Christ. Each trying or stressful thing should serve to remind me where my hope and joy really come from...Jesus Christ. All the rest of life fills itself in after that! :) We've had some yucky and wonderful stuff happen in the last year and God has been with us through it all. On a great note, our son just started seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary this week. He is studying to be a pastor/biblical counsellor. Praise God. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers dear Hannah! Blessings! :hug:
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed! When the trying times come, they push me back to the One who loves me, the one I want to be close to yet the thorns of life tend to pull me away from. I had a major reconciliation happen with a friend this week and am so thankful to God for working things out.

Ooo, that IS exciting! Congrats to you and your son! God is so good!

Thank you Alison, I appreciate that! I need all the prayer I can get. :) I pray you continue to draw closer to Him this new year and walk in His peace and joy through the ups and downs to come.
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