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I went hiking here today with some friends. It is an absolutely gorgeous trail nestled in the Hocking Hills right outside of Logan, Ohio, roughly 40 minutes north of Athens. As I am quickly discovering with much of southeastern Ohio, there are hidden natural wonders all over the damn place. We hiked inside and around Old Man's Cave and the gorge trails.

Not being much of a photographer, I still took my camera along if only to capture the memories. However, curiosity struck me, and I decided to learn about some ways to better prep photography (my camera is digital, but it's pretty detail-friendly, being 14+ MP). This time I adjusted the photo in Camera Raw and then duplicated the image, placing it on top as a Multiply layer. Then I selectively layer masked out some of the values to make the shadows really pop.

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Complete photo-noob, here... not that I plan on taking photography in the future, but if things are "right" or "wrong," I'd love to know. Thanks, and enjoy! :)

Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Camera Raw
*SaxGirl1010. Don't use this as stock without my permission first, please!
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Morgan-I-Maboy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Student Writer
Finally got to these. This is so beautiful~ :D
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Morgan-I-Maboy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Writer
No problem!
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TigerStarcatcher Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Clarity and sharpness are the best in this photo. This is my favorite of the three.
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Marktavian Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
This is my favorite of the three. I really like the shadows and movement of the water. The log is an interesting point in the photo just above the water. I am no photography genius, but art should be something you like.
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The log is my favorite part (or at least one of my favorite elements of the piece). =D
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Red-Savage Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
oh that place looks awesome. <3
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh it is. :3
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rt1artic Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   General Artist
"Not being much of a photographer"? You're kidding me, right? I can't get over just how professional in terms of how this photo was taken, be it raw or photoshopped.
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not, though! All I know about photography is that you need a camera and you click a button, basically. :XD: But thank you, I appreciate that a lot! :hug:
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dutchesscourtney Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Love it! (And am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO completely jealous of people who live in such green environments. Damn you sandbox!).

Only photography rule I've learned is to follow the rule of thirds. Breaking your image into 3 x 3 and placing dynamic spots along those imaginary lines... Take what you will - Hubs is the far superior photographer in our house.
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Southeastern Ohio is SUCH a forest-y place. We have tons and tons of national state land that is just covered in beautiful areas like this. Sorry to rub it in. :P

Yep yep! That goes for all kinds of composition. However I didn't actively think about that... I just looked up the trail and pressed the button, haha. That's one thing that always boggles my mind about photography. I used to think it was SOOOOO easy - "How hard can it be? The stuff's already there for you. It's not like you're drawing it, you just press the button!" While I still don't know much about the art and all its sciences, trying to edit this and the other photos has helped me at least somewhat better understand how photos are taken, and the planning that is involved.

Thanks! :)
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dutchesscourtney Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Yeah, even thinking of things in a film perspective (depth of field, focus, bokeh, etc.), I'm still a crap photographer. It makes me in awe especially of my friend Heidi who is supporting herself with her camera (weddings, and HOLY SHIT can that girl capture an image).

If you like pretty pictures (and hey she did my author pic which makes me look halfway normal), check it out:

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I know she does a lot in post-production, but I think she also just has an incredible innate knowledge of the 'moment.'
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MrDithers Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
I left a comment on your other photo. This one seems like you had a faster shutter speed set for the shot. It's got great composition: I like how the sides of the cliff and the light coming down through the trees lead the viewers eye through to the cascading stream and down to the bottom part of the picture. It all seems to frame and balance the shot well.
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Changing the shutter speed on my digital camera is something I completely don't know how to do, so maybe between this and the waterfall shot, I just got lucky. :laughing: Who knows! I'll never be a photographer so I'm not too worried... though it's good to know!

Thanks again! :)
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Stevebot-7 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh, very nice picture. Both the content and the detail are impressive.
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I was glad I could accomplish that. Looking back through a lot of the other photos, they're all pretty blase except for a couple.
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Stevebot-7 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never actually been able to manage this kind of photo myself, they never quite have the same look. That look that separates "guy with camera, click, click, click." from "must be a professional photographer".
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sorryigotbored Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
amazing shot! good job!
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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sorryigotbored Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
your very welcome!
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