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Columbia River Gorge from Crown Point

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My entire one carry-on packing list for the trip.


This shot from the Columbia River Gorge has been sitting in post-production purgatory for a year and a half. Vista House is a famous landmark along the historic highway, and on last year’s trip to Oregon I made a point of shooting this location well before dawn.


I expected to shoot a traditional composition of the Vista House against its Washington doppelgänger across the river, but the mood of the slumbering hills against the winding river captivated my lens instead.


At the time, I didn’t have a good style for soft, low key photos. After 16 months of edits and reediting, the most suitable toning proved the most faithful to the mysterious calm of dawn.


It took 18 shots to capture the scene at 105mm: 6 angles, 3 bracketed exposures per angle — probably the highest resolution panorama I’ve edited.


Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

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Taken on April 3, 2017