It was cloudy all morning as I was trying to capture the fall colors in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I made several previous stops and there was no sunrise.
I decided to make one last stop at Brandywine Falls, one of the top attractions in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I had taken several photographs with my Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 lens and decided to take a few photos with my fisheye lens before leaving the falls.
Just as I started to compose the shot with the Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye, the sun peaked out of the clouds still low in the sky. I was at the end of the boardwalk close to the falls and the fisheye lens let me get a good wide angle composition of the falls, gorge, and sun burst through the trees.
The Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye lens is a manual focus Micro Four Thirds Lens so I used focus peaking on the Olympus OM-D to ensure the entire scene was in focus. The Rokinon 7.5mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens is an inexpensive ($249) way to add a fisheye lens to your micro four thirds lineup of lenses.
The address for Brandywine Falls is 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills, Ohio. The GPS for the falls is 41.276874, -81.538573. The falls are accessible from the parking lot using a wooden boardwalk and stairs.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye Lens
Focal Length: 7.5mm
Shutter Speed: 1/20th of a second
Exposure Compensation: +0
Lighting: Cloudy Morning with the sun just peaking thru the clouds
- Cropped the photo, manually correced the distortion, and lightened the shadows in Lightroom 5.
- Used the Color and Contrast Boost III filter in Topaz Clarity to bring out the colors in the photo and increase contrast.
- Selectively lightened and darkened the image using Viveza 2 from Google.
- In Color Efex Pro 4, I Used the Detail Extractor Filter.
- Removed the fence line and boardwalk railing from the photo using the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop CC 2014.
- Selectively removed noise from the photo using Topaz DeNoise and a layer mask in Photoshop CC 2014.
- Selectively sharpened the image using the Unsharp Mask filter and a layer mask in Photoshop CC 2014. I copied the layer mask from the prior step and inverted it.
Written by Martin Belan