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Vertical Sunbeam Creek


Well I normally do not like to post a similar shot right after one another, but wanted to in this case. This is a vertical comp of my previous post: I also usually hate processing vertical comps because they are smaller on the screen, my rant! This was also taken the same morning as this spectacular sunrise over Mount Rainier:


However, I personally like this vertical comp more so than the horizontal. I was able to capture a bit more of the sky here and include a bit more of the water flow. I also was able to eliminate some of the distracting rocks on the left side by composing this vertical.


You can probably tell how close I am to that water. I was nearly squatting to get this comp! The water fall is maybe 10-15 feet high, so to give it a little scale, I tried this low down comp. The bridge for the road was just behind me and when it passes under the bridge, it drops into another waterfall. Have not figured out how to capture that one. I am sure I would need a chainsaw to do so, and I am sure the park rangers would not appreciate me creating a new trail!


This is three exposures (-2,0,+2) merged and tonemapped in Photomatix. I then did some dodging and burning in Photoshop. I removed a piece of lint, that pesky thing is on my sensor and no matter what, I can't get rid of it yet! I then moved to Lightroom and toned back the oranges, yellows and lessened the overall saturation a bit.


Thank you for your comments, views, and faves. I appreciate them. What do you think? Do you like the horizontal comp or this vertical comp?


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Taken on September 8, 2011