• A few construction workers on these rocks really provides scale to the immense size of the waterfall.

Summer Flow at Snoqualmie Falls

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Well I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer weather where they live, and or Winter weather in the Southern Hemisphere! As I said a few days ago, Summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest. I normally do not take too many photos when the light is this bright, especially of waterfalls, but felt I needed to run to Snoqualmie Falls to give it a try.

I am also needing to get more falls of the Snoqualmie, Issaquah area to sell at my friends gallery, Quirkz of Art, located in Fall City. Looks like I might have some prints available at their booth for the Snoqualmie Depot Days later in August. Some local fare should stimulate some sales! With the warm weather for the past few days, the snow melt is really taking off. In about a month, the flow over the falls will probably be a trickle! With the snow melt, that means wildflower season is just around the corner on Mt Rainier!

This is a combination of three exposures (-3, -1, +1) merged and tonemapped in Photomatix. With the light as bright, I wanted to get more detail without blowing out the highlights, so I went to the -3 exposure. I also used an ND8 filter as well as my polarizer to remove some of the haze in the sky. I "Dodged and Burned" areas of the image and ran through Topaz Adjust to regain details. I also extensively removed the construction zone from the far side of the river. I did however leave some of the construction workers (see note above) on the makeshift dam that was created to divert the water from their construction wall (which I eliminated!). I then toned down the saturation a bit in Lightroom as well as applied some noise removal, sharpening and a slight vignette.

Thank you for your views, comments and faves. I appreciate your time and support. Have a great week ahead!

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  1. tyme out 33 months ago | reply

    Sweeeeet! David.

  2. KPortin 33 months ago | reply

    Dazzling image! And especially nice work on the removal of the construction blight. Your HDR is sooo perfect!

  3. CanonAnnie (andoccasionallyCanonDaddy) 33 months ago | reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! All the pp work you put in really produced an amazing image! I can't begin to imagine the enormity of the falls even with the construction guys in the shot! :o))

  4. MSSQUID 33 months ago | reply

    Stunning work, David. I was at the falls a week ago but the mist was obscuring all but the very top of the falls and was disappointed to find the lower trail closed.

  5. Mark Griffith 33 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot of the falls

  6. Steve Desko 33 months ago | reply

    The light on the upper falls is fabulous.
    Nice job!

  7. a56jewell 33 months ago | reply

    Wow love this and the show of power in the falls

  8. Greg-0 33 months ago | reply

    Man, this is one kick butt view of the falls. I really have to get to this one, one of these days. :)

  9. PatT&5 33 months ago | reply

    Sweet greens of Washington. Nice!!!

  10. ~~J 33 months ago | reply

    Your work is always fantastic! I love the falls with the bright light and think maybe thinking out of the box on a whim of a thought turned out great for you! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. GioPhotos 33 months ago | reply

    This is paradise! *sigh*

  12. Robert Prucha 33 months ago | reply

    Great composition, David! Amazing place.

  13. pammyvol1000 33 months ago | reply

    My new home!! :) love the water!

  14. *Lynne 33 months ago | reply

    I would love to see this in person someday.

  15. Blue Hour 33 months ago | reply

    This is pretty David!!!

  16. danielpivnick 33 months ago | reply

    This is a great shot!

  17. J_Patel2 32 months ago | reply

    Great HDR. Reminds me of my trip to the Snoqualmie falls!!!

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