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Emerald Trees Surround R. B. Ricketts Falls

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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There is something truly magical about the special shade of green that is found throughout Ricketts Glen State Park in the spring. When that wonderful spring foliage frames the R. B. Ricketts waterfall, it becomes a gem of nature, like a fine diamond surrounded by precious emeralds.

This unforgettable vision can be seen with your own eyes, along the Glen Leigh branch of the waterfall trail through the Glen. This scene is certainly worth the hike!

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This photograph was captured on Monday, May 17th, 2010, on a meet & shoot event with members of the “Welcome Pennsylvania” RedBubble group. It was taken with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens on a Canon EOS 10D DSLR body. The aperture was set to f/22, shutter speed 1/2 second at the 40mm focal length. The camera’s ISO setting was set to 200.

I have written a RedBubble Journal that explains exactly how I photograph waterfalls, titled “Some Tips for Waterfall Photos”.

Click Here for some waterfall photo tips

*This image is a single shot, saved at three bracketted exposure settings, -1, 0 and +1. The exposure files were fused in Photomatix Pro 3.2, to reveal the extremely wide dynamic range within the scene. No color adjustments were made at any point in the processing.

Please note that the RAW “untouched” image had some “blown-out” areas in the water and potions of the fallen log. There was nearly no detail visible in the darkest shaded areas.


The Original Shot – Straight From The Camera

The problem shown here is caused by the very limited dynamic range of the camera’s image sensor and internal imaging software. Our eyes have many times more dynamic range discrimination than the finest, most expensive digital cameras could ever capture. “Dynamic Range” is defined as the total difference between the brightest whites to the darkest blacks within an image. The judicious use of Photomatix Pro software allowed me to reveal much of the “lost” dynamic range that had been beyond the capability of the camera.

My goal has always been to capture an image that shows EXACTLY what I saw, the vision that made me want to take the photograph in the first place. I have found that very careful use of superior imaging software can enable me to provide images that are much closer in appearance to what my naked eye perceived when I snapped the shot.*

Does this mean that some of my images are “manipulated”? I don’t think so …I consider them to be “corrected”.

I’ll let the philosophers decipher the finer points of this argument, while I continue to provide photographs that “look right” to my eyes.

Ricketts Glen State Park is located at the junction of RT-118 and RT 487 in Fairmount Township, Pennsylvania, USA. The nearest town is Red Rock, PA, about half way between Williamsport and Wilkes Barre, PA.

© 2010 Gene Walls

All copyright and reproduction rights are retained by the artist. Artwork may not be reproduced or altered by any process without the express written permission of the artist. This includes my image AND THE 100% ORIGINAL TEXT that describes the work. A copyright watermark is embedded within the image to guarantee successful prosecution, in the event of any violation.

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