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Challenge: Night Shot II (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, USA
Date: Oct 11, 2004
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 5/8 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Oct 12, 2004

Photographer's Notes
About 30 miles from Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains is Snoqualmie Falls. Puget Sound Energy built a power plant inside the rock over which the water falls. The buildings inthe photo are part of the power plant. There is a fashionable hotel and restaurant there known as Salish Lodge. The falls are lighted for the benefit of the hotel guests. I took this photo from the boardwalk overlooking the falls. However I hiked down to the river trail (1/2 mile each way with 500 foot verticle gain) twice to get shots from other angles. Difficult hike in the dark, especially since I didn't use those photos! Hotel staff thought I was nuts and I guess I was. Hiking back up the second time in pitch dark, I scarred my self silly imagining what might be sneaking up on me. Turns out it was only my ego.

Post Processing
Clone out some light artifacts
Brightness via Shadow/Highlight
Clone out a couple of more artifacts
Dodge & Burn
Crop slightly
Reduce Noise
Clone out a few more artifacts
Unsharp Mask
Save for web

Camera Data
Nikon D70
2004/10/11 19:37:55
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 24mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1.6 sec - F/4.5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

Place: 25 out of 182
Avg (all users): 6.3506
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1504
Avg (non-participants): 6.5424
Views since voting: 1779
Views during voting: 434
Votes: 231
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)

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07/29/2005 01:44:54 AM
Hey, I've been there!! Sorry, but that's exciting because I live in Australia. I had a business trip to Bothell about 5 years ago, and the locals recommended these falls as a nice tourist place to visit on the weekend. I didn't have a camera with me on the trip, so thanks for proving an image to relive my memory. Great shot too.
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03/25/2005 01:18:15 AM
Great shot, I'll have to try this at night, have only taken during the day as I live nearby this place. Even with the ISO 1600 it's still very clear.

One recommendation, ALWAYS take water to drink on the steep hike back during the Summer!!

Message edited by author 2005-03-25 01:20:04.
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10/25/2004 12:35:49 AM
This will remain a very pleasant addition to this challenge. Good work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/23/2004 04:57:27 PM
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A nice drop in the night. Bumping up.
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10/23/2004 09:17:49 AM
stunning scenery
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10/22/2004 09:02:41 AM
Beautiful pic. Neatimage would have helped this submission. The noise around the water is pretty noticeable.
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10/22/2004 05:12:13 AM
good night shot of snoqualmie falls, never been there at night before. Good work.
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10/21/2004 06:35:18 AM
Really nice image.
good luck

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10/20/2004 08:30:51 PM
This falls looks great. I suggest you crop the building out though, the natural areas are beautiful here, but not the building!
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10/19/2004 03:10:53 PM
One way to get that soft waterfall shot, take it at night! Good job that I think could be better with a closer crop to the top of the first small falls down to the mist. Great idea for a night shot though.
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10/19/2004 03:39:40 AM
You chose good spot. I like color of water...and then it dissapears into the dark.
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10/19/2004 03:14:58 AM
This is gorgeous. Where is this? It looks like a place near Seattle where I used to live.
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10/18/2004 10:27:49 PM
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10/18/2004 07:39:12 PM
Very good shot. I think I would like it better if you had cropped it about 1/2 the way up the falls.
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10/18/2004 07:17:09 PM
Beautiful image verry dramatic.
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10/18/2004 03:52:39 PM
I think I recall an earlier shot of the same subject, but viewed from another angle. Could be wrong, but don't really care. It is an awesome shot that fully deserves its 10. Good Luck!
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