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Coldwater Creek | by Billy Wilson Photography
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Coldwater Creek

© Billy Wilson 2010


This shot was taken nearly a year ago on one of the two streams that form Coldwater Creek. Pictured in this photo are the ruins of an old dam that was one of a few put in place for a fish hatchery. Today, the fish hatchery is now on the other stream that forms the main flow of Coldwater Creek.


About the Photo

*Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS *Lens: EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS *Shutter Speed: 2.0 Sec. *Aperture Value: ƒ/11.0 *ISO: 100 *Focal Length: 18mm (28.8mm Equivalent in 35mm Film)


I shot this on a tripod using mirror lockup, a polarizing filter, and a 2 Sec. selftimer. I was standing in the water while taking these shots and the creek has a very accurate name of "Coldwater Creek", just upstream from this spot is one more little old wooden dam and all the water just seeps out of the ground.


I opened the RAW file in ACR and did my general tone curve adjustments and slider vibrance, clarity, and blacks increases. I adjusted the colours individually to get them the way I wanted, with a lot of green contrasting on a mix of light red and orange.


I opened the RAW file in CS4 saved as a 16 bit TIFF and preceded to edit it. I used the clone stamp and healing tools to meticulously clean the scene of any slightly annoying object. I added the light beams in the background by using the clouds filter, using motion blur on them and changing the blend mode to luminousity and lowering the opacity to about 50%. I also added a little bit of mist to go above the stream. Near the end I saved the 16 bit TIFF file, converted to sRGB colourspace, and saved as a JPEG to upload to the internet.


Looks Amazing Large on Black!



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Taken on July 24, 2009