Latourell Falls, Latourell, Oregon, USA
Canon 5DII, 16-35mm f/2.8L II @ 35mm, CPL + 2-stop ND
-1, 0 , +1 exposures fused in Photomatix Pro, fine-tuned in CS5
Touchdown! (Or beam me up, Scottie?) Water spilling from Latourell Creek strikes the splashpool with misty thunder after a 224-foot parabolic freefall from atop layers and layers of ancient basaltic flow, the lower aspects of which are evident here in the overhanging ledges and perpendicular disruptions in the columnar formations.
This was a challenging scene to bring together due to the contrast of bright light reflecting off the water column with deeply-shadowed nooks in the amphitheater. Fusing all three exposures at once always led to blown-out highlights on the water regardless of the adjustments I made. It thus entailed first fusing minus-1 with 0 and then fusing that result with +1. As this still resulted in blowouts, I had to layer-mask (or mask-layer…which is it??) the second fusion with the minus-1 exposure—all in the name of reproducing what the eye saw in one take. It certainly gives one an appreciation for what a magnificent organ the human eye is. Can’t wait for the day when true optical HDR cameras come to fruition!
Generously featured on the home page on 8/1/11. Thank you!!