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Devilish Delights Waterfall - Exclusive HDR Stock by somadjinn Devilish Delights Waterfall - Exclusive HDR Stock by somadjinn
Long exposure and HDR photo of Chutes du Diable in Parc National du Mont-Tremblant, Québec (Canada). Chutes du Diable meaning Demon Falls in French. Variant of this image I took from the same place, with various selective processes such as gradient yellow to blue transitions in the water cascading down, as well as toning the surrounding rocks & foliage with warm sepia colors.

You can download the same image without watermark directly on my website for free stock photos: freestock.ca/americas_g98-devi…

This picture is also available for download at 5000 x 3333 px for a small premium of 50 points. Most everything else including my stock rules remain the same, except this premium download gives you access to a much larger version of the picture without watermark.

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dashakern Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning photo! I love the different colours of the water! :)
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13thring Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it^^
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you kindly :)
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annemaria48 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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virnagray Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work♡♥♡
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much Virna :) =D :)
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virnagray Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome:)♡♥♡
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CarlosAE Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I featured your stock image here carlosae.deviantart.com/journa…
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courtisha Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A little different from what I've seen before, beautiful!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much Courtisha :)
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Rin95 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really pretty!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! =D
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Shadoisk Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is gorgeous, I love the softness of it
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Merci beaucoup Sommer :hug:
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
OMG, what a gorgeously stunning photo! :)
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Merci beaucoup Lori :hug:
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PeacefulSmurf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful! Do you have any advice for selecting aperture and speed when shutter water moving? This is a subject I've been working on and seem to be hitting and missing. 
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, I'm glad you like the result :) For my apertures I tend to hover between f/9-13. Sharpness can vary from lens to lens, but usually I find that range delivers the optimal amount of focus. For values lower than 9, you get more and more shallow depth of field which is fine if you want to concentrate on one specific focal point (like macros); above f/13 there's a phenomenon called light diffraction which introduces more and more softness into the image even though in theory you're supposed to be capturing more details the higher the f stop (but actually the diffraction gets worse).

So aperture in a shot like this is more of a "fixed" reference point for me, albeit with a little wiggle room between f9 and f13. To capture silky soft movement, that means increased shutter speed, I would recommend 1+ second (and of course a tripod). Sometimes it won't be possible if there's too much light because f13 might force your shutter speed down to a split second, but then you can use a Neutral Density filter over the lens of your camera. They act like dark glass that block the sunlight out to some extent, so that in turn forces the lens to stay open longer in order to capture the same amount of light.

Another thing is how the waterfall is placed in your overall frame. Depending on the time of day, they may not be in direct sunlight and will be cast in their own shadows, which can cause too much contrast value if you're capturing the bright sky at the same time. That's where HDR can help or if you simply crop down to the waterfall without the sky.

Most often I bracket my exposures for potential HDR use, but even if you don't plan for HDR, bracketing helps in case the camera meter fools you (for example if there are too many whites in the water) because then you have several exposures and more chances the camera would have captured on good shot. Hope that helps :)
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PeacefulSmurf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you greatly!!! I never thought about using a Neutral Density filter to help block sunlit. I will look into that. I will compare what you told me with the photos I've taken in the past to see what I was doing right and where I may want to change. I'm quite excited now!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Welcome :) The ND filter I use is B+W, 64x in this case I believe. It's expensive, but very good glass quality which helps to retain the original lens sharpness. That time of year too if you have any pending Holiday requests with your close ones =p

Also good to check the histogram on your camera right after shooting the photos to make sure the tones are more evenly spread instead of leaning towards the left or right. The f/13 limit I have a preference for is not set in stone either. I found that photos are still fairly crisp up till around f18, but I can start to notice the softness at that point when zooming in real close on the computer screen. It's above f/20 and beyond that it becomes problematic for me, they always told me in school the higher the better and I was scratching my head for a very long time when I'd get overly soft images at f/32 and the camera was sitting perfectly still.
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PeacefulSmurf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've had numerous teachers sit down and explain to me how to set up my manual settings. I get the speed, the ISO, but when it comes to aperture I get turned around. Thankfully I'm shooting digital and can delete my messed up ones. 
The filter will for sure go on my christmas list. Can you recommend other good filters? I haven't really ventured into using filters on my camera yet. I tend to shoot straight Raw, then if I want something special I'll do it in photoshop. 
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Aperture had long been a tricky beast for me... they say the higher the aperture, the lower the F-Stop which had put me in a position of wondering, wait, what? 

As I understand it, aperture is just the technical way of how wide a lens' eye is open. Easier for me to compare it to a cat's eye specifically for how much differently its iris is shaped depending on how much light a cat is exposed to. In bright sunlight, a cat's iris will tend to narrow down to a thin vertical strip as it tries to filter out the excess sunlight to focus on its surroundings. Just like one might seek to decrease the aperture of a camera's lens or iris in bright conditions so that less light floods through.

Thing is, decreasing the camera's aperture actually means increasing its F-Stop value... for whatever technical reason I don't really know, but it doesn't matter as long as I remember Lower F-Stop = Less Overall Focus (in terms that make it less contradictory to my slightly dyslexic mind =p). 

Then comes a point when the F-Stop reaches a high enough value where Light Diffraction works against the sharpness you are trying to achieve. A higher F-Stop still technically means the lens is trying to bring more elements from different distances into a more equal plane of focus, but the light waves at these higher F-Stops also make everything collectively softer in appearance... where this softness might be considered similar to blurriness under shallow of depth of field or camera shake, but produced for a different reason. 

For filters, I would personally recommend only using one at a time. Every layer of glass added onto the lens is another chance to affect the image quality for worse because of any potential scratches or other signs of wear on these filters. I try my best to keep my filters in the best possible shape, but sometimes one can't help occasional bouts natural condensation or a small scrape, and these do add up over time. So I will use an ND filter for long exposures like this, otherwise a standard UV filter if only to protect the lens or a circular polarizer which helps control harsh sunlight a little. 

There are many "gimmicky" filters out there for novel effects, but as long as you're spending the money, you want filters that have staying power and not just something you will use once or twice and discard.
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PeacefulSmurf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I never thought to compare it to a cats eye. That might help. I've started carrying an aperture chart in my bag for those moments when I completely forget everything I was taught. Or just start getting it mixed up.

I've thought about getting a polarizer filter numerous times. I just haven't jumped on buying one yet. I'm not to interested in the gimmicky filters. I rather add the gimmicks in photoshop and have more control over them. 
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
In photography I try my best to draw analogies from visual references, and a cat's eye as part of a living creature seems most fitting to me for the lens aperture :) Not quite the same shape, but the mechanism behind both is similar and it's a lot easier for me at least to visualize how a cat's iris contracts and expands versus our own. 

That pretty much covers my vision for aperture theory, but to be honest I mostly just think about F-Stop values... ie what's most practical to me versus the vague abstract philosophy of photography :) Shoot what works and practise makes perfect. If you have a good understanding of manual settings and how to use a tripod, then you're already off to a great start. 

For me it's a range between F9-13 in general landscapes - maybe up to f16-18 - then I vary my shutter speed & ISO accordingly... but still try to keep my ISO low to keep the noise / grain at a minimum. But there are so many specialized areas of photography where my advice might be tossed out the window like photojournalism where the ISO needs to be bumped up to 1600 and beyond to capture a still moment in very low light circumstances. So I hope you do not take any of my suggestions as absolutes, but rather glimpses that may help you move forward and experiment :)
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Lostsoulofonesbeauty Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous :heart:
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you =D
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Lostsoulofonesbeauty Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome Nick :)
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aiolos01 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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kisamegr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Whoa this is so beautiful Llama Emoji 23 (Shyness) [V1]  . It's like it came out from a fantasy world
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you =D
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   General Artist
oh man even as just a photo that is wonderful! I love the movement you captured in the water. If I knew anything about digital art I would definitely try using this :nod:
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   General Artist
you're welcome :heart:
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EmilyCrutcherKent Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love this!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Merci beaucoup Emily :hug:
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lady-deathrose Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful image. The water looks fantastic... like a captured, frozen dream. Great colours, too.
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much Laura =D
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lady-deathrose Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not at all, you're welcome :)
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Sitaart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lovely image
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Sita :)
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013   General Artist
december* of course haha!
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013   General Artist
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fromthedead Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
THis is one of those cases where I thought it was painting but it turns out it's a real picture. Nice shot.
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, I'm glad you like the painterly effect =D
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SaimGraphics Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Silver flowing in Mountains.............. Its Pretty, Its Eye Catching, Its Superb!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you kindly Saim :)
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HenriqueAMagioli Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013   Photographer
Wonderfull shot, i love it. Congratulations my friend!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks Henrique! =D
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