The Gold Rush of 1849 started about three feet to the left of this image in Coloma, California in the United States Of America. The South Fork of the American River was running faster and deeper than I’d seen it before and this location put you within six feet of the full current from this year’s impressive snowfall.

The hike around Marshall’s sawmill is “2 socks” a “4 boot” scale. Almost fully wheelchair accessible with mild overall elevation but almost flat in the park area. The docents are amazing were versed in the storied history, including why the sawmill didn’t work well, the fact that EVERYONE working on the site knew there was gold there in 1848 and kept is secret until it was published in a tiny church newsletter the next year. Both a piece of the sawmill and one of the mammoth pounding machines have been restored to semi-working condition but are still too fragile to run.


This HDR edit was created using OLOneo’s free beta version. You can still download and try it for the next couple days. :-) The workflow was a single image tone mapped manually and enhanced using PhotoShop Elements 7. The camera has hand-held since the image was a single shot, tho I shot multiple frames with a fast enough shutter speed to have allowed most HDR programs the ability to align them automaticly.

Here are the camera details:

Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 18-105mm
f/stop: f/22
Exposure time: 1/20
Exposure bias: -5 step
Focal length: 18mm
Max aperture: 3.6
Metering mode: Spot
Nikon Creative Program (onboard preset): Flat
Exposure program: manual
Date and time shot taken: April 30th, 2011 at 2:20pm
Date and time OLOneo edit completed: April 30th, 2011 at 10:49pm.

Actual editing time was about 10 minutes. The disparity is in the 90 minute drive home, eating tacos,reviewing likely HDR prospects, and starting both editing programs. I used my 4-year old Toshiba Satellite A215 laptop with a AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 @ 2.00 GHz. It’s a 32-bit system slightly enhanced from the original 2GB memory to 3GM. Operation system: Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1.

Original file size was 5.85 MB
After PSE7 editing (including resizing): 4.69 MB

Extra details than usual because (they were requested. Nah, not just that!) they all may be factors in processing HDR photography which is graphics-intensive. But if my relatively old computer running a crummy operating system can do it, a UNIVAC can. ;-)

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coloma, american river, california, gold rush

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Comments

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 3 years ago

    Like the way the you framed it between the rocks and the tree/bush. :)

  • Thank you. This turned out to be a prime location for the Meet-Up’s shooters. (If you ever want to do anything with people you don’t know yet, go to Meet-Up.com and I’m pretty sure you’ll find the activity of your choice: talking, walking, cycling, etc. It’s NOT a sleazy “pick-up” website for people wanting to “hook-up” for sex.) This was my first time time at the sawmill in years. In fact, I think dad took me there when it was first opened to the public. Way back then in “The Olden Days”, you could bob down the river and come ashore at Nigger Bar; I got a chance to see that on a state park sign too. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Hi. Would you please do me a favor and add some additional information to your artist narration section concerning the HDR process. Missing: handheld or tripod, how many exposures (if you have the setting even better). Once added, please resubmit so that I can accept your work into HDR Photography (3 Photos per 24hr-day) MUST INCLUDE HDR DETAILS Thanks, and feel free to delete this comment if you wish.

    Cheers!

  • No way on deleting comments. :-) Unless it’s outside RB’s TOS, I suck it up and hopefully provide an example for over-sensitive artists.

    What happened is that I cheated this shot online too quickly because I wanted it on another site very quickly. I obviously had a plethora of data but didn’t include this sort of detail on the other site, the one that sponsored my
    trip to Coloma. In the end, I did a disservice to both your group and my readers/viewers who expect me to avoid “dumping” on Red Bubble.

    The details are now listed and I was surprised I didn’t think about the computer processing details which can be crucial for rendering HDR images. I’ll keep that in mind when I process multiple images and it takes 3 minutes for all the aligning, mapping, and other automated stuff to happen. I have noticed that things bog down (slightly) if I use more than 4 or 5 images the traditional HDR way.

    Thank you for your time pointing out there’s a bit more detail that goes into this type of imagery. :-)


    I just walked away thinking about this and noted I forgot a critical piece of detail. I bet you spot it in seconds. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensover 3 years ago

    Thank you for submitting your wonderful image to
    All In, Editing

    Sheila

  • I thank you for noticing it was there even if it was gonna get deleted. LOL! Not to say it WAS deleted but just in case I wanna make my thank yous before ot happens. :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Sunsetdaze
    Sunsetdazeover 3 years ago

  • And you’re welcome Sensetdaze. ;-) Obviously this is one of the groups I relate to strongly, even moreso no that I’m run out of room in the Nikon vs Canon group. (I keep forgetting to quit and rejoin to start out fresh since there are always new examples of why Nikons Rule The Pool and Canon’s blow bubbles around the edges…) Hehehe!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • paintingsbycr10
    paintingsbycr10about 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot.

  • Thank you very much,Cheryl!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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