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Point/Counterpoint by Tula Top

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Mt. Hood & Lost Lake, Hood River, Oregon, USA

  • Canon 5DII · 16-35mm f/2.8L II · CPL · 1-stop GND
  • 23mm · f/22 · 141s · ISO 100
    (Worth seeing large, I think.)

Foiled yet again. Once more, no calm reflective waters at Lost Lake for me, so another round of lemonade-making. The lake and campground were absolutely infested with humanoids on this gorgeous summer evening (7/30/11), even including a wedding ceremony at dusk going on right behind me. Fortunately they were high enough up onshore with plenty of obscuring foliage between us that they didn’t have to be subjected to seeing a crazy guy calf-deep in water shining his headlamp on a rock for almost two and a half minutes, swatting madly at pesky mosquitos and other winged nuisances all the while. No bites, though! Have I mentioned how much I love Ultrathon™?

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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    All that pressure going on behind you shot Tula.

  • Thanks, W. I was sorely tempted to crash the wedding, mind you, but I thought standing there in flip-flops smelling like suntan lotion and DEET would do little to impress the ladies.

    – Tula Top

  • Luke Griffin
    Luke Griffinabout 3 years ago

    Stunning shot. Well worth the effort!

  • Thank you very much, Luke!

    – Tula Top

  • bazcelt
    bazceltabout 3 years ago

    great shot mate! and love the description as usual – just gotta admire the dedication there – lol. Worth it though!

  • Appreciate that, my friend! It wasn’t that bad…the main thing was trusting that something good was going to come from this, as I’d made the tough decision to come down from the butte 2 miles away hoping that the waters had settled, but they hadn’t. This idea came at the 11th hour, just before I was ready to pack up and leave. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Wendy J. St. Christopher
    Wendy J. St. C...about 3 years ago

    Coming to a bookstore near you ~ 101 Artistic Uses for Headlamps!

    Gorgeous shot, Tula. :-)

  • I’ll give you 20% royalties for coming up with the title.

    Thanks, Wendy! ;)

    – Tula Top

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghabout 3 years ago

    I like it Tula, so glad that you went for another round of “Lemonde Making” haha…

  • Haha, kinda getting sick of the lemonade already and would just like some damn lemons for once. ;)

    Thanks for the visit, Sharon!

    – Tula Top

    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you, Sylvia!

    – Tula Top

  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaabout 3 years ago

    Stunning shot.

  • Many thanks, Michele!

    – Tula Top

  • John Morton
    John Mortonabout 3 years ago

    A beautifully tranquil scene considering all that action going on behind, well done Tula.

  • Thank you, John. Yeah, I should learn that full disclosure probably doesn’t help ‘sell’ the feel I’m trying to convey, but the juxtaposition of scene with situation was too ridiculous to pass up. :)

    Cheers. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Yelena Rozov
    Yelena Rozovabout 3 years ago

    Amazing capture!

  • Thank you, Yelena!

    – Tula Top

  • Randy Richards
    Randy Richardsabout 3 years ago

    Tula, it can be a major challenge to get nice flat water at LL. I love shooting up there but most of all I love the silence! This shot makes me want to come back for a visit! But only a visit. It’s the only shot I have ever seen from LL that is taken this late in the day. Very creative and that 5D2 and wide angle kens give you a perspective most of the rest of us will never get to see.

  • I appreciate that tremendously, Randy. As much as I want that pristine reflective surface for a ‘classic’ shot of my own, there’s something to be said for the rush you get in trying to capture something so popular in a totally unique way. Without horning my own toot too much, there’s been a satisfying sense of accomplishment with both of my twilight LL shots.

    But I’ll tell you, if you came looking for silence on this night, you’d have been sorely disappointed! ;)

    – Tula Top

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