American River at Coloma, CA

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Sacramento, United States

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The Gold Rush of 1849 started about three feet to the left of this image in Coloma, California in the United States Of America. The South Fork of the American River was running faster and deeper than I’d seen it before and this location put you within six feet of the full current from this year’s impressive snowfall.

The hike around Marshall’s sawmill is “2 socks” a “4 boot” scale. Almost fully wheelchair accessible with mild overall elevation but almost flat in the park area. The docents are amazing were versed in the storied history, including why the sawmill didn’t work well, the fact that EVERYONE working on the site knew there was gold there in 1848 and kept is secret until it was published in a tiny church newsletter the next year. Both a piece of the sawmill and one of the mammoth pounding machines have been restored to semi-working condition but are still too fragile to run.


This HDR edit was created using OLOneo’s free beta version. You can still download and try it for the next couple days. :-) The workflow was a single image tone mapped manually and enhanced using PhotoShop Elements 7. The camera has hand-held since the image was a single shot, tho I shot multiple frames with a fast enough shutter speed to have allowed most HDR programs the ability to align them automaticly.

Here are the camera details:

Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 18-105mm
f/stop: f/22
Exposure time: 1/20
Exposure bias: -5 step
Focal length: 18mm
Max aperture: 3.6
Metering mode: Spot
Nikon Creative Program (onboard preset): Flat
Exposure program: manual
Date and time shot taken: April 30th, 2011 at 2:20pm
Date and time OLOneo edit completed: April 30th, 2011 at 10:49pm.

Actual editing time was about 10 minutes. The disparity is in the 90 minute drive home, eating tacos,reviewing likely HDR prospects, and starting both editing programs. I used my 4-year old Toshiba Satellite A215 laptop with a AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 @ 2.00 GHz. It’s a 32-bit system slightly enhanced from the original 2GB memory to 3GM. Operation system: Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1.
Original file size was 5.85 MB
After PSE7 editing (including resizing): 4.69 MB

Extra details than usual because (they were requested. Nah, not just that!) they all may be factors in processing HDR photography which is graphics-intensive. But if my relatively old computer running a crummy operating system can do it, a UNIVAC can. ;-)

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