Early this morning my wife and I headed out to Todoroki Falls. I wanted to check out some waterfalls because we have had a lot of rain lately. With all this rain, I reckoned the waterfalls would be at their full run. I wasn't disappointed! I picked these falls today because they are easily accesible (relatively, more on that later). There is a parking lot, a walking trail to get there, and it's only about 2 minutes away from parking. There is one or two problems... you have to climb over some very large rocks, using a rope, to access the area where you can view the falls. Second problem was the rocks were incredibly slick. It would've been easier to walk on a tile floor with Crisco smeared all over it. I've been to this location before, and the rocks were slick, but they were at a new level of danger today. Despite these obstacles my wife and I got into the location and I started shooting. The falls were going at full blast, in fact my wife and I had trouble talking to each other even standing next to each other they were so loud. I included a video to show the power and noise that was evident today.
Today was the first time I came back from a shoot with my new camera and was disappointed with the results. I came home and imported the photos into Lighroom and started taking a close look at them and noticed they were all fairly soft. Since I started using this camera, the one thing I could count on was NOT getting soft images. They are almost always very sharp. I've been trying to figure out why... it could be that I had to place the tripod on rocks that were very slick and there could've been some movement because of that. I'm not sure; I'll be keeping an eye on it for the next sessions to see if this was a unique situation. I overcame this problem with some creative processing.
Speaking of processing, this is another example of popping my flash during a long exposure. I used my Neutral Density filter to darken the scene, then during the 2 1/2 second exposure I manually popped my flash from the left of the plant to give it some light and have it stand-out. I did my basic workflow in Lightroom and then brought it into my go to Plug-in lately, Perfect Effects 4. Gave it a bit of a glow, darkened certain areas and then brought it back to Lightroom.