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Jon Iverson
create a real looking circular eddy like at the base of waterfalls?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 11:49:01 am

I recently traveled some distance to acquire images of several well known waterfalls. The main waterfall I visited though was in such an active state (I assume because it recently rained) that unfortunately its eddy pool at the base wasn't there and really gives it a punch in photos. Here is a sample of what I'm talking about:

http://www.patrickzephyrphoto.com/images/large/portal3.jpg

So, I basically have the waterfall and the water surrounding it. How would I go about adding a realistic looking eddy pool at the base similar to the above? I tried dragging a radial gradient across the water, but it still ends up too perfect no matter what I do. I tend to sell my images, so I can't just copy the pool from someone elses nor want to do that anyway.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jon


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: create a real looking circular eddy like at the base of waterfalls?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 2:10:05 pm

Here's a quick concept:



1) Generate fractal clouds, add noise, blur, stretch horizontally
2) Polar coordinates
3) Liquify
4) Duplicate layer and rotate, 50% opacity, mask out discontinuity line
5) Curve, dodge and burn to even out


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Jon Iverson
Re: create a real looking circular eddy like at the base of waterfalls?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 4:54:52 pm

Kalle,

I like it, thanks! One question, where is "fractal clouds" located? I see clouds, but not fractal clouds under filters.

Jon


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: create a real looking circular eddy like at the base of waterfalls?
on Dec 17, 2015 at 8:07:00 am

Same thing, the official name is of the effect "clouds", it is made of fractal noise.


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Jon Iverson
Re: create a real looking circular eddy like at the base of waterfalls?
on Dec 17, 2015 at 8:22:34 pm

Thanks again, Kalle. The clouds technique seems to be working out very well and I think I'll be able to fashion something from it soon.

Jon


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