After successfully installing a new doggy door for Kodak earlier today, Brian Bonham and I rewarded ourselves with a very leisurely drive out to the Gorge. Our original destination was the Women’s Forum. With the pretty and complex cloud formations, we thought it’d offer a really nice, elevated vantage point. The only problem was that it was a one shot wonder. So, after scrapping that idea, we decided to return to an always fun place, Dalton Point.

The shoot itself was nice in so far as it was very relaxing. I also had an opportunity to break in my new Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod system and all I can say is wow! It performed beyond expectations. Look for a review on that from me soon.

Brian and I shot these pylons for about 30 minutes, up until a menacing bank of clouds completely eradicated any warm light we had in the distance (you can barely make it out though those clouds). Instead, we turned our attention to the other side of the boat launch, where the sun offered up a bit more warm light. All in all, it was a wonderful and relaxing evening.

In terms of processing
This is a 66 second exposure using my Lee Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter on my 5D Mark II and 70-200 lens. All of the editing and stylization was done in Lightroom. I wanted to keep the processing to a minimum here as I really think the image stands on its own.

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