Snoqualmie Falls Winter
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Here is a morsel that serves two purposes. The first purpose is that the owner of Quirkz of Art in Fall City, Washington asked why I had not yet posted a shot of Snoqualmie Falls when it was almost frozen a few years ago. Well, here it is. I do have a shot earlier in my photostream from this same day, however my processing skills have advanced since then. Here is my earlier attempt: www.flickr.com/photos/fresnatic/4185769401/ He also wanted to make sure that I get some cards and prints made up to put in the store!
The second purpose is that we have returned to the feel of Winter here in the Pacific Northwest. I know many of the people that live here in the northwest are complaining of the cold and rainy weather, but the alternative would be sweltering heat that many in the country typically have to endure this time of year. So I hope that this icy picture can maybe provide a brief reprieve from the heat!
The show last weekend went well at the Fall City days. I finally met one of my fellow Flickr contacts Wendy www.flickr.com/photos/snapsfromtheheart/ and her husband. If you have time, please visit her beautiful photo stream. I sold a few pieces and really was able to get my name out there! Fortunately the rain held off till the end of the day!
Anyways, this shot is from almost three years ago when we had almost an entire week of sub-freezing temperatures here in the Seattle area. Sub-freezing for an extended period of time is rare here in Seattle. Snoqualmie Falls throws up a lot of spray, which then freezes on the walls and creates a magical scene.
This is a combination of three exposures (-2,0, 2) merged and tonemapped in Photomatix. I then cropped in Photoshop. I also used the "Clone Stamp" extensively to remove the power station across the river. If you look closely at the old picture and this one, you will see that difference! I also ran through Topaz Adjust to regain some details. I "Dodged" and Burned" some of the highlights and shadows as well. I then moved to Lightroom and pulled back the saturation a bit, but was okay with a slight over the top color and a painterly look here. I wanted a piece of art and not just a photograph.
I hope you all like. Thank you for your views, comments and faves. I appreciate them. I have had a little more time to peruse my fellow Flickr Friends photo streams. Great work by you all! I am glad to be back a little more often now. Thank you for your patience if I have not yet visited your streams.
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