Saturday was just one of those days where everything just came together without any need to force it. I spent the day with my good friend, great photographer, and onOne colleague, +Rick LePage, shuttling up and down the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia River Gorge. The weather was superb and we were able to clear our minds of the burdens of schedules and expectations by resigning ourselves to not bother with shooting the #Supermoon . If it came out and we had a good vantage point, then that’d be nice but our focus was the Gorge.

This was one of the last shots I took on Saturday. The sun was making its final hurrah for the day and we were left to enjoy the nautical twilight. My original frame of this scene didn’t incorporate any sort of foreground element. If you could, imagine the bottom of the frame beginning just above this rocky overlook. While reviewing the image on my LCD, I realized that it was sorely lacking. There wasn’t nearly as much depth as I had hoped for and I knew that I needed to address that if I had any hope of making this shot more compelling.

So, I backed up a bit and framed the shot so that I had a nice little chunk of this overlook protruding from the bottom right corner of my frame. It gave me the exact amount of balance and depth that I was hoping to achieve here and I got the added bonus of including some nice color contrast between the green grass and the predominantly blue scene.

In terms of processing
This was a single 30″ exposure at f/22 taken with the stunningly gorgeous Zeiss 35mm prime lens that Rick was kind enough to let me use for the day (I still have it…). I used a gentle amount of Green Enhancer and Hollywood Glow on this shot. Both found within Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1RC2.

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