I would have loved to share some images processed from the weekend’s epic LIL Galleries opening and Photowalk but, alas, my Drobo-S is pooping itself like an old man and I don’t feel comfortable working off of it. So, until +Drobo actually resolves the issue or RMAs my unit for a fourth time, I’m working off of archived materials. :)

But, surely I digress. This shot isn’t actually very old. I took it the weekend before last on a nice, solo shoot along the Columbia River Gorge. What you’re seeing is Shepperd’s Dell. The path leading here is a very casual one that ends abruptly at a metal fence, preventing people from inadvertently walked into this waterfall.

The only thing is that you really can’t get this particular vantage point unless you actually treat the fence as optional and climb over it and into the water. By doing so, I was able to position my tripod more in the center of the stream and low enough to get these nice boulders to serve as foreground anchors. It gave me a shot that I felt was much more compelling than one I’d get by standing safely behind the fence. I did enjoy the quizzical looks that I got from other visitors as they watched me fumble to the center of this scene. :)

Now, take these words as cautionary. I am not advocating that everyone go out and jump over fences into potentially hazardous or illegal situations without weighing the consequences for yourselves. However, after you do make your considerations, please do share your stories of the outcome!

In terms of processing
This is a two-exposure blend, giving me the best results of capturing the full tonal range of the scene. One exposure metered for the water and the other metered for the foliage. Blending was done in Perfect Layers 2 by +onOne Software.

Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 3, also by onOne. I applied a Blue filter to the water and a Green Enhancer filter to the foliage and foreground boulders. Next, I applied a small amount of Deep Forest Glow and a custom Tonal Contrast effect for texture.

I then brought the image to FocalPoint 2, also by onOne, and applied a slightly shallow depth of field so that the foreground popped.

Final touches were applied in Adobe Lightroom 4.1.

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