Hiking Back From The Lakeshore by Gene Walls
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*The sun had been playing “hide & seek” behind the clouds all afternoon at Rose Valley Lake. I was returning to the north access boat launch parking area, when BOOM! The sun came out from behind the clouds and revealed this heart stopping scene!

I setup my tripod as quickly as possible and grabbed this shot, just before the brilliant light faded, as quickly as it had appeared. I have to admit it, I love this image! It was so unexpected and I shot it before I could double check my camera settings (I had been shooting under cloudy conditions earlier). I was joyfully shocked when this photo popped up on my screen.

Rose Valley Lake is located in Gamble Township, five miles east of Trout Run, in north central Pennsylvania, USA. This reservoir is very well managed by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Why not choose to hike from area to area within a large park, rather than driving from site to site. You save on gas, get some excellent exercise, see things you might have missed AND you don’t add any additional poisons to the air while you’re there!*

This photo was taken just this afternoon, Sunday, October 18th, with a Canon EOS 10D DSLR camera through a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L telephoto zoom lens @ 100mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/500th sec at f/4.5. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a Manfrotto “pistol-grip” head.

The photograph was gently processed in Photomatix Pro v3.2 for the Mac. Two bracketed exposures, a stop apart, were fused to create this HDR image.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Gene!!

  • Thank you sooo much, Rainy!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoover 5 years ago

    wonderful scene

  • Thanks a lot, Paul!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 5 years ago

    Nice capture Gene. Can you tell me about the pistol grip head you used..I’m about to get myself a new Manfrotto tripod and head and had my eye on the ball head but I’m curious about the pistol grip head?

    Debra

  • Thanks, Debra!

    I use the Manfrotto 222 pistol grip “Action Grip” ball head. In fact, I think I got it from Henry’s Camera in Toronto. I LOVE it!!!! I’ve had all kinds of ball heads over the years and I hated every one of them, until I got the 222.

    I also bought two additional 1/4i mounting plates so I could keep a plate on my 350mm and 200mm pro tele lenses that have fitted tripod mounts. That makes it extremely easy to switch over to my bigger telephoto lenses in a rush.

    My tripod is a Manfrotto 055 CLB and I also use a Manfrotto 3016 monopod with the same head. I rate all three of these products as the best I have ever used, very highly recommended. The tripod is a bit heavy on a long hike, but I always carry it with me anyway because I can’t shoot without it.

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, Gene :-) It’s so often the unexpected ones we love the best, yes? Lovely suprise for sure

  • Much appreciated, Maureen!

    Yes, sometimes I find some “surprises” when I load the photos into the ol’ mac. Although, I did have high hopes for this one. I love it when good things happen.

    I used to say that there was no such thing as “wasting film”… the more frames, the better. Isn’t it wonderful that digital allows us to shoot so many images without having to reload. I “bracket” every exposure now. Without that, I would have blown this image.

    I shot 900 RAW frames yesterday, but I’ve only seen about 200 of them so far. That should keep me “out of trouble” for a while.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 5 years ago

    HAHA…I’m buying it from Henry’s since I have a $500 gift certificate from them. Thanks Gene for the info..I will check this one out before I buy. Why do you like this grip over the straight ball head? I will also get an extra plate for my 80-400 lens.

    Regards
    Debra

  • Excellent, Debra! For one thing, I am 6’2" tall and I really like the extra hight that it gives me on the tripod and especially on the monopod. I like shooting the moon and I found that I needed a bit more extension when I had the lens aimed upward.

    It is also the most convenient head for making super quick framing changes. A quick squeeze, reposition and shoot! Gotta love that. I am amazed by how securely it holds its position when I release the lever! The “tension adjustment” is wonderful to compensate for very heavy lenses (my 350mm lens & camera weigh over 5 pounds).

    I doubt that I will ever shop for another head (I used to buy a new ball head every year or so)! The 222 is just perfect for my purposes.

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleover 5 years ago

    a beautiful scenery… I like how the tall tree is imposing and has much character against the lovely red one in the background.

  • Thank you very much, Aimelle! I really appreciate your very thoughtful comment!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleover 5 years ago

  • Thanks, Aimelle! I love your suggestion of mat and frame for this shot! That combination suits the image very well.

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, very peaceful

  • Thanks, Joy! Peaceful, it truly was.

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • khadhy
    khadhyover 5 years ago

    lovely colors woud be feeling great to be there.

  • Thank you very much! Yes, it felt wonderful to spend some time there! It is a beautiful place.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 5 years ago

    Beautifully composed shot.

  • Thanks a lot, Lyn! Much appreciated!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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