Pacific Northwest Hurricane ~ Lake 22 Trail, Washington

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    I went out shooting this morning with Vinny, and his friend Mehrdad and we went on a search for waterfalls along the trail to Lake 22. After shooting around at one location we moved on to the next and as we crossed a bridge...I saw it. I immediately knew I needed to shoot this. Vinny and Mehrdad didn't seem convinced. After they saw my first shot they knew it was time to bust out the 6 stop ND's and get down. friends...was one big old swirly family reunion. I love swirlys. Please view this large and then if you're interested....

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    1. ~ Aaron Reed ~ 60 months ago | reply

      Yeah, this is just one 7 second shot. They were really moving slow but they were fully contained here and just swirling and swirling. Thanks Dave!

    2. Dave the Haligonian 60 months ago | reply

      Oh, hey dude! I didn't know you were online!
      Thanks for the info about the single exposure.
      If I were to shoot something like this again I would grab a few images and then stack them in PS and set the layers to "lighten". It works great for waves and light trails etc...

      Holy crap! I just had a look at this in the large version. WOW!!
      I love the detail in the rocks under water!
      Damn Buddy!

    3. Brandon Peters  60 months ago | reply

      Wow, I have never seen that before. Awesome!

    4. ~ Aaron Reed ~ 60 months ago | reply

      No need to do that Dave... I have a few shots that were 90+ seconds where I used a 6 stop ND and a polarizer and shot at f/16 and 50 ISO. Thanks man.

    5. Jerry Ipsen Photography 60 months ago | reply

      Both images are amazingly beautiful Aaron!

    6. coterp 60 months ago | reply

      this is awesome, i love the whirlpools, great light and clarity

    7. D Breezy - 60 months ago | reply

      I don't know how I missed this one, this is sweet! yeah this may be the biggest swirl I've seen. damn good!

    8. Justin Reznick 60 months ago | reply

      Great swirly Aaron, awesome find!

    9. Arild Heitmann Photography 60 months ago | reply

      mother of all swirls....

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    10. Dec, 60 months ago | reply

      absolutely gorgeous shot, you've convinced me to go by myself a 6 stop nd

    11. joe defao 60 months ago | reply

      Looks like I've been missing out on a lot of your great work Aaron, but even in my jet-lagged state of mind, this one jumps right to the top of the pile for me. The motion of the water, and the clarity of the rocks below, are just stunning!

    12. Tim Gallivan 60 months ago | reply

      Holy swirl! That's pretty awesome.

    13. Matthew Gilliam Photography 60 months ago | reply

      very nice swirly action, nice placement and comp.--love your pictures, you raise the bar

    14. ShawnGrenningerPhoto 60 months ago | reply

      Awesome bubble trail!

    15. Andrew Kumler 60 months ago | reply

      Nice one man..Swirly's are cool for sure..I grabbed a similar shot like this on Sweet Creek last fall :)

    16. listentothemountains 60 months ago | reply

      Whoa! This is such a cool photograph!

    17. Nate Montgomery 60 months ago | reply

      Very well done. Impressive execution.

    18. wendyb1214 60 months ago | reply

      That is one giant awesome swirly! Nice job seeing it and capturing the movement so perfectly.

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