Smith Rock Gorge by Matthew Tauzer

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I was so excited about the colors and light I had captured in this shot. The split neutral density filters, neutral density filter, and polarizer really helped intensify the sunset/light against the rock while allowing me to capture a longer exposure of the waterfall.

To get there, we had to hike to the bottom of the gorge and find some small unmarked pathways to the outskirt of the falls area. After, I climbed across several of the white rocks you see and set my tripod up in the middle of the stream and propped up against some nearby rocks. It’s always fun getting wet and right in the middle of a landscape to capture a photo :)
Little editing done (sharpening, haze removal, etc).

Smith Rock, Oregon.


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  • Chet  King
    Chet Kingabout 5 years ago

    Very well done. Excellent exposure.

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzabout 5 years ago

    WOW! This jumps off the screen. Amazing depth and transition.

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97about 5 years ago

    Congratulations – This ART is Featured in the All Oregon USA Group

    Jen Dave & Debbie

  • aussiedi
    aussiediabout 5 years ago

    A magical capture and congrats on the feature


  • Chappy
    Chappyabout 5 years ago

    Well done. color is great and water flow is spot on.. congrats on the feature.


  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

    It is a beautiful perspective, and the exposure is wonderful! Amazing contrasts of cool and warm, I love the look of the smooth textures of the cool blue waters and the wonderful warm sunshine illuminating the cliff face above. It is creative and beautiful!

    Congratulations on your feature in All Countries ~ Wetlands, Ponds, Lakes and Rivers

  • Royald
    Royaldabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • Beth A
    Beth Aalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning image!

  • Rajdev73
    Rajdev73almost 5 years ago

    Just brilliant.

  • kappisan
    kappisanalmost 5 years ago

    It looks so unreal…..but…
    i do like it!
    :) Realy! :)

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