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Hiking Back From The Lakeshore

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

Artist's Description

*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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