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To dream of home...is to dream of green.
To dream of home...is to dream of green.
DrAchoo


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Challenge: Landscape III (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Oneonta Gorge, OR
Date: Apr 13, 2007
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2007

The true difficulty in obtaining this picture was not processing or exposure, but just getting there. To get to the fall you must ford up the river 1/3rd of a mile. When I say, ford up the river, I mean IN the river. The walls are so steep there is no dry land on either side of the river. I borrowed a friend's drysuit and put the camera and bag in lots of layers of plastic. At its deepest it was almost up to my chest. On my way back some woman got a picture of me up to my chest with my camera bag/tripod on my head like a native girl carrying water back from the river. I wish I could have seen it. My feet, which were just in a pair of sneakers, were absolutely numb by the end.

Taking the shot wasn't too difficult, except the fall was putting off a fair amount of spray and the only piece of cloth I had was my shirt which was inside by dry suit. I had lamely taken out my little lens wipe when preparing the bag for its river adventure.

The shot is processed from 3 exposures via Photomatix. After that there is very little done. I had to burn some bokeh'd mist spots. The image has your basic adjustment layers.

POST: I believe this either ties me or sets the record for most 4ths all time!

BTW, although I do not disagree with the people who said the greens were too intense, I only boosted overall saturation by +10 and did not shift any hues. The wet moss was practically glowing on the canyon walls.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 308
Avg (all users): 7.2077
Avg (commenters): 8.2368
Avg (participants): 7.3478
Avg (non-participants): 7.1310
Views since voting: 5224
Views during voting: 566
Votes: 260
Comments: 70
Favorites: 29 (view)


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11/25/2007 08:25:11 PM
very worth while...nice shot
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05/04/2007 01:06:48 AM
Well the trip definitely paid off! Great shot
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05/01/2007 12:08:21 AM
Jason: I see you continue your upward rise! A great waterfall study. Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
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04/30/2007 08:24:11 AM
The green pops and helps this image be even stronger. If you had used velvia film the greens would pop and people would say it is ok then. So the green saturation works well here. Also in the overcast Pacific NW the greens do pop on over cast days. great job
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04/27/2007 08:47:01 AM
A dream come true... you got the green. AHAHAHAHAHA! ;-D
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04/27/2007 06:45:45 AM
Congrats on your 4th place with this beautiful shot!
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04/26/2007 02:48:09 AM
Nice bump :)
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04/25/2007 06:20:07 PM
kudos to your efforts here. you could have borrowed my focus to ford up river - but you'd have likely still needed the dry suit... ;}

congrats !
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04/25/2007 05:17:33 PM
The greens look great on my monitor, well done with the water, the motion on the river stage left, really adds to this image, if only a fish was jumping, BG.
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04/25/2007 02:46:55 PM
You may have fallen short of a ribbon, but I'm glad to see your efforts paid off with a great photo and a great score. I wouldn't have done this without a pelican case... in fact, I just bought one for exactly this reason. I spend alot of time in creeks and rivers at work in the summer, and while my camera is weather sealed, it certainly doesn't float! At $100 or less, IMO its a worthwhile insurance policy on a kit worth thousands...
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04/25/2007 11:34:36 AM
Dr. you wuz robbed! Underrated photgraph. The colors are awesome & the moss contrasts very well with the falls. You did some serious work to get this shot, sounds like! A truly dedicated man! worth it? YES!!
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04/25/2007 10:33:36 AM
OK - you were robbed - How could anyone vote a 1,2,3 or 4 for this?????
My membership is up for renewal, I have to question it's worth!
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04/25/2007 09:43:55 AM
This shot is sooooooooooooo amazing, and your as to how your captured it deserved a medal! The greens are pure perfection, I feel as if I can walk into the photo and it's because of the realistic capture of the greens. Great job!!
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04/25/2007 04:35:05 AM
What a fantastic shot, just love it! Wow, who would have thought you went through all that trouble just to get there!
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04/25/2007 02:10:44 AM
The paradise must be like this well done
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04/25/2007 01:44:40 AM
Wow congrats, such a beautiful shot!!
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04/25/2007 12:47:54 AM
I really like this shot, and the story behind it makes me appreciate it even more. Great job.
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04/25/2007 12:45:25 AM
Congratulations, Jason. Not a record yet, but you're getting there ;)
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04/25/2007 12:45:09 AM
Stunning piece of work. Congrats on the top 5 finish! Beautiful greens!
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04/25/2007 12:36:43 AM
Awesome, great finish.
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04/25/2007 12:21:08 AM
Great shot Doc well worth the trip! And hey a record is a record. :-P
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04/25/2007 12:15:41 AM
4th place?!!! Ah man! I'm speechless. Should I hand you a glass of champagne...or a tissue?
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04/25/2007 12:13:43 AM
Congrats on a great shot. Makes it worth the effort, I hope. :)
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04/25/2007 12:04:13 AM
awwww man, so close to that ribbon!

and to think you were only gonna be "maybe" on the first page, :) good job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2007 11:56:07 PM
sweet shot, love the colors, composition, very pleasant 9......Achooo?
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04/24/2007 11:01:19 PM
Love the title I just wish I could see a little more at the top and a little less of the stream in front.
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04/24/2007 03:08:44 PM
10 very well balanced , excellent crop at the top.
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04/24/2007 02:49:29 PM
Beautiful, beautiful scene! You captured the light and color stunningly. The composition feels uncomfortably tight at the top to me.
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04/24/2007 08:55:09 AM
Stunning colours and long exposure effect. An incredibly inviting geography. This is my favourite of the challenge. 9.
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04/24/2007 08:27:11 AM
Pretty good shot, something sticking out of the water would have made it even stronger though, was there no way to get closer and use those stones that are visible to the left in the stream as foreground?
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04/24/2007 06:10:51 AM
Beauty POV and colors
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04/23/2007 09:48:34 PM
Oh wow. Very nicely done. Gorgeous. 9
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04/23/2007 01:42:48 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. A 10.
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04/23/2007 08:15:30 AM
This is fantastically beautiful. Looks very Jurrasic Park.
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04/23/2007 06:26:03 AM
Back to comment: You found an excellent subject for a landscape challenge; however, I find the composition just a bit awkward. First, the crop at the top looks a bit tight. From the sliver of sky that is showing I can tell you didn't have a wow sky to work with but that tight of a crop doesn't do the rock formation or the waterfalls any justice. This area needs a bit more breathing space to balance the image. Second, the still water at the bottom doesn't add much to the composition and diminishes the leading lines effect of the rock formations. If you had cropped closer to the rock formation on the right side of the image, then the leading lines effect would have been stronger towards the waterfalls. Although you indicate in your title that the green is part of your main subject, in actuality it is but a frame for the waterfalls. So anything you can do compositionally to strengthen your main subject will help this image. 7

Tim
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04/23/2007 12:11:51 AM
Love the waterfall.....
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04/22/2007 08:50:05 PM
wow, the water fall catches my eye, beatiful!
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04/22/2007 01:14:55 PM
Wow... Simply stunning.
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04/22/2007 11:45:07 AM
creative title. the water looks cool.
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04/22/2007 01:42:42 AM
Nice shot, I find the greens overdone, almost fluorescent
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04/21/2007 06:11:25 PM
One of the best picture in the challenge. I like the composition and how you captured the water - I can feel the flow. Slightly oversaturated green color for my taste and I donít like the frame - white would be enough for me. (9)
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04/21/2007 12:45:12 PM
Nice composition. The water flow appear too soft and the green on the moss is too bright.
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04/21/2007 10:22:26 AM
Could be the winner but no lower then 3rd!!!! 10!
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04/21/2007 08:21:48 AM
What a scene! Good work.
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04/21/2007 12:26:07 AM
That is just amazing.
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04/20/2007 08:12:40 PM
Very nice waterfall shot. The greens are great and the movement in the water at the bottom of the frame is great. Nicely composed.
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04/20/2007 07:46:03 PM
I can hear the sound of the water a very cool 10 from me
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04/20/2007 06:42:38 PM
Water looks too soft
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04/19/2007 10:49:46 PM
Well I guess I just found another one of my highest rated photos. I really hope this does well as it is deserving of a top ten for sure. Good luck.
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04/19/2007 05:38:03 PM
what electric greens!
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04/19/2007 04:02:03 PM
Wonderful color and long exposure here. I'd wish you luck in the challenge, but somehow I don't think you need it. :)
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04/19/2007 02:24:32 PM
Very nice shot, could the crop have put the falls a little more to the left...6
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04/19/2007 11:17:16 AM
Wonderful waterflow image... looks to have just the right amount of flow pattern to fit the scene but not to much to wash out the flow detail. Pleasant subtle off-centering of the falls and the greens of the moss and browns of the foreground creek bank makes for a nice visual color contrast. Looks like Oneonta Gorge in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon. Been close but never photographed there. Looks like I need to. :) If I don't miss my guess, you were probably standing in some VERY cold water to capture this image. Beautiful capture!
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04/19/2007 10:38:41 AM
To dream of home...is to dream of green,
To dream of home...and for ghosts unseen
Where the last veil of water dropped and fell
Into silent depths, where only the timeless dwell.

This photo is so beautiful. 10.
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04/19/2007 09:11:19 AM
Gorgeous shot. The water in the foreground kind of competes with the waterfall for the eyes' attention, though. But overall, very nice shot.
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04/19/2007 03:20:08 AM
Wonderful picture ...colours, atmosphere, technical aspect !!
I like this one very much, for me nb 1 !
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04/18/2007 10:54:57 PM
overprocessed for my taste. sorry.
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04/18/2007 10:45:26 PM
Very nice composition and timing.
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04/18/2007 09:16:21 PM
great composition the light makes you go back and forth wow
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04/18/2007 09:05:04 PM
Magnificent.
I'd give it a 10 but i don't want to give you false hope because i won't be able to vote on 20% :(
Really stunning though.
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04/18/2007 07:40:56 PM
Beautiful colors!
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04/18/2007 05:57:30 PM
The green's a bit too intense, IMHO, but overall a really nice image. What I really like is the feeling of movement in the water in the foreground. A good choice of shutter speed!
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04/18/2007 05:34:25 PM
Very rich colors.
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04/18/2007 01:46:49 PM
Beautiful shot!
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04/18/2007 01:22:05 PM
A beautiful shot!
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04/18/2007 10:36:49 AM
Beautiful !! love that green! 9
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04/18/2007 03:19:42 AM
a foreground is much needed, or else, should crop to just below the bottom of the water fall. stunning colour.
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04/18/2007 02:42:37 AM
ten
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04/18/2007 01:59:22 AM
I'm guessing Achoo on this one. The greens are explicit and the border is familiar. ;) Good luck.
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04/18/2007 01:48:12 AM
good colors
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