Lowran Falls

There is an earlier February posting taken in Lowran Glen, and this is a view of the lower part of the falls that cascade down to the shoreline of Loch Ken, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

22 thoughts on “Lowran Falls

    • Thanks again for your comment. The settings were: 100 ISO and then 1 sec at F3.5 with an exposure value of -0.7 because my Olympus E510 tends to blow out the highlights. This image was taken two years ago when I wasn’t shooting in raw. You have to experiment with shutter speed as it depends on the flow of the water and on how much blur you want. The light level under the trees was quite low as this was a late evening shot.
      Regards, John.

        • Jpegs are the most common file format for photos and they grade the image into 256 levels of tone. This is fine for most purposes but in those areas of a photo where there is a very gentle gradation of tone, like in the sky, it doesn’t take much image editing to produce banding where the tonal gradation becomes obvious steps. RAW files that are available in higher end cameras have a much wider available range that overcomes this problem and will also allow you to recover lost highlight detail and bring out shadow detail without pixelation. Each manufacturer has its own RAW format and generally you would edit the file in RAW and then convert to a jpeg for printing, web, or projection.

          So it depends on your camera. If its a point and shoot it prob won’t shoot in RAW. If it does, you can set the camera to store both a RAW file and a jpeg at same time. RAW files need processing which means that you need editing software like Photoshop or Gimp etc. and that can be expensive. Hope that answers your question. Plenty more info on the web….
          Regards, John.

  1. Really love this shot John. I have been dying to try this effect out for a while now. But I am still on film cameras so could really do with an ND filter. Though I gave it a try when in Poland at a little stream and I was pretty happy with the result 🙂

    • Yes an ND filter certainly, or under trees, or low light in the evening, and the highest f-number to lengthen the exposure time. With digital you can always monitor the image but using film you really can only note down your settings for later reference.
      Regards, John

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