Bear River Falls, revisited 1

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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The remarkable Bear River (in the forests of the Sierra Nevada Mountains within Nevada County CA, USA) is a beautiful location regardless of the fact that it is controlled by Pacific Gas and Electric, a huge power company. They control the flow of this river by using a hydro-electric facility upstream for generation of power. There are warning signs everywhere in the river’s channel warning that PG&E may send a surge of water down the channel at any time and GET OUT of the channel when you hear the sirens.

But when the river is left to its own devices, it is a charming flow of water through the forest and has some of the best maintained trails for wheelchairs I’ve seen.

This shot is a tribute to a Red Bubble member who taught me how to use extremely long shutter speeds to enhance the appearance of flowing or moving water as it it was a much more soft flow. And THAT’S a fantastic tribute to Red Bubble because it not only offers a place for artists to sell their work beautifully in almost any format, it brings artists of all experience levels together to work with each other sharing techniques and opinions.

AS FEATURED IN: Waterfall Photography

For the tech minded of the readers, here is the appropriate data for the shot:
Camera: Nikon D80
70-300 mm Nikkor lens (non-VR)
F/stop: f/29
Exposure time: 2 seconds
Exposure bias: -4
Max. aperture: 4.7
Metering mode: spot
Focal length: 54
Light source: natural
Program mode: manual
Saturation: normal
Sharpness: normal

Another tidbit: I didn’t need a tripod for the 2 second exposure – impossible by hand – because I used a semi-lodged tree stump that was literally in the river’s channel.

And I used Adobe’s PhotoShop Elements 3.0 to enlarge the image to 6000 pixels at 300 DPI (for the long side) in order for it to be useful as a quality image on Red Bubble.

Any questions, please feel free to ask.

And now, all pertinent & required group(s) submission information for acceptance:

Group A : I used my right hand but I can use my left if I really need to.
Group B: No water was harmed in the shooting of this image.
Group C: Yes.
Group D: I sleep on my left side.
Group E: pertinent, Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertinent-, pertinens, present participle of pertinēre
Group F: I don’t remember but I might have a long time ago.
Group G: I’m absolutely positive I didn’t.
Group H: BP 120/83, heart rate 95 (I was scared, OK?), and I had to go about 15 minutes after I left the sound of running water.


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