Photographer's Note

The Katoomba Falls and Cascades are just down the road a small piece from Echo Point. You enter through a small park across from a trailer park off Cliff Road. I went there to have a look at the Katoomba Cascades. No shot was really planned, I was just scouting. I took a couple of shots anyway, but wasnít really happy with the way they turned out. Iíll be back yet again. The shot before you now was actually looking downstream from the Katoomba Cascades so all that was left in this stream are the Katoomba Ripples. I didnít have my tripod (Iíve got a million excuses, none of which would pass muster here though). In any case I took this shot by propping my camera up on a stepping stone with my hat to support the lens. I took a couple of shots like this to capture what I wanted.

This is an amazing spot within the Blue Mountains. A few hundred metres from here it was hot and dry. Here it was cool and you can see by the fern growth that humidity isnít a problem.

Workflow was as follows:
This was shot in jpeg (I didnít have my software for Raw for another couple of weeks)
It was converted to tiff
I didnít need to touch levels
I adjusted curves very slightly on the colour side, and applied a very slight S-curve on the RGB to give me some more contrast
I saved the tiff
For this posting I cropped (there was a footprint in front of my stone), adjusted image size, and added a frame.
While sharpening I noticed that it lightened and the saturation seemed to increase slightly so I decreased yellow and green by 5 each, and I readjusted my curves very slightly to darken it just a bit.
I sharpened with smart sharpen and saved as a jpeg for the posting. In saving for this post I had to decrease my quality level much more than normal (Iím guessing because of all the detail in the brush etc.). I debated cutting the image size some more but in the end decided to go with what I have here.

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