Photographer's Note

I was walking along the banks of the Delaware River one evening near where Ingham Creek empties into it and taking photos. At the mouth of the creek is what used to be one of the largest mills in the area: the Parry Mill, better known today as the Bucks County Playhouse.

The waterfall in the photo is a natural falls that was reinforced some years ago, hence its relatively symmetric appearance.

The sun was setting and I was taking photos of the evening light on the opposite bank over the river. For some reason I turned around and saw this duck standing near the waterfall on the creek. It looked like he or she was trying to decide whether to stay near the rocks or fly up to the top of the falls. The duck didn't seem to mind my presence as I approached it.

But now I had a problem: extreme low light and no tripod. But thank heaven for Richard Gatward! A while back he posted a note here about shooting RAW, deliberately underexposing a shot to get the shutter speed and ISO you wanted, and then readjusting the exposure with a RAW file editor. I thought I'd try it here.

Using Richard's idea I did manage to recoup some of the details using this technique but the photo was quite noisy. I then tried the built-in noise reduction tool that Photoshop Elements 3 had to offer.

Thanks, Richard!! Your idea appears to work!

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Additional Photos by Linda Richters (richtersl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 992 W: 583 N: 849] (3546)
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