It’s hard to imagine just how lush and green Gorton Creek can be. I was standing here recently with my pal, Brian, and we were discussing how vivid and punchy the greens of the surrounding area were. Granted, I always take my colors with a grain of salt because I can’t see a decent portion of the spectrum but I am confident that these greens are nuts. I was reminded of when I was standing at the rim above Crater Lake, looking at water so deeply blue, it looked as if someone poured vats of artificial coloring to achieve that effect. I guess that’s why I feel so lucky to live in this part of the US. After a brisk 40 minute drive, I can romp around these types of locations, usually with no one else even remotely close by. It’s a photographer’s paradise.

I used my trusty Sony a7R and Sony FE 16-35mm lens to capture this photo. It was also the first time I was able to put my Formatt Hitech Firecrest filters to use and I’m pleased to say that they performed insanely well. I had the legs of my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod splayed out pretty wide, as well, so that I could get the camera to hover just over and behind the rock in the foreground. Stylization was done by applying a custom built preset from within onOne Perfect Effects 9.