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Palouse Falls Dawn



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21 Comments |
IrinaPhotography
 
IrinaPhotography August 13, 2019
Gorgeous Nature backed up by incredible work, composition, lighting and vibe! Great work!
Hood PRO+
 
Hood October 22, 2019
Stunning image, love the setail, perspective and colours!
billsisson Platinum
billsisson October 22, 2019
thank you for all your comments
RJRiggins Platinum
 
RJRiggins March 17, 2020
This is just so well done. Thanks!
billsisson Platinum
billsisson March 18, 2020
thanks
ronjudyluv2travel Platinum
 
ronjudyluv2travel July 20, 2021
Incredible capture! Congratulations
Kylerosso
 
Kylerosso July 28, 2021
Soooo good!
larryazizsaved
 
larryazizsaved August 05, 2021
Great view
LesleyAnne21
 
LesleyAnne21 September 06, 2021
magnificent
rferreira
 
rferreira October 02, 2021
What a stunning capture
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh October 03, 2021
excellent
neesonpa1 PRO+
 
neesonpa1 October 06, 2021
Amazing
ABishopJr
 
ABishopJr November 15, 2021
Woahhh😍😍😍
vf4tjhnjkf
 
vf4tjhnjkf November 23, 2021
Wow
SaraElove
 
SaraElove November 25, 2021
Beautiful!
billsisson Platinum
billsisson November 25, 2021
Thanks
Laton1973 Platinum
 
Laton1973 December 01, 2021
You have everything in this photo, great shot
billsisson Platinum
billsisson December 01, 2021
thanks
gryphonjewel PRO+
 
gryphonjewel January 06, 2022
Beautiful!
billsisson Platinum
billsisson January 06, 2022
Thanks
travlndon
 
travlndon February 18, 2022
Placing waterfall practically in center is TOO typical and often the weakest location for subjects. Move to left and use left ridge line as leading line to waterfall more to right of center.
billsisson Platinum
billsisson February 23, 2022
Moving to the left even slightly would have put a chain link fence and picnic pavilion in the foreground in the frame. If I had moved to the right to gain space on the left I would have fallen off a cliff. I always keep in mind that I don't know what latitude a photographer had when they took an image.
dorethap
 
dorethap February 18, 2022
Beautiful
billsisson Platinum
billsisson February 23, 2022
thank you
Wcook
 
Wcook February 23, 2022
I didn’t mean to send an upset imogi but this site is so very touchy. I very much like your photo.
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billsisson February 23, 2022
thank you
MarkAgardPhoto
 
MarkAgardPhoto March 30, 2022
Exquisite
caroline_8657
 
caroline_8657 April 20, 2022
Beautiful
doubleplay Platinum
 
doubleplay May 31, 2022
Spectacular image! Congrats!
billsisson Platinum
billsisson May 31, 2022
thanks
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was captured at Palouse Falls State Park, eastern Washington state, looking upstream at Palouse Falls.

Time

This was taken about 20 minutes before dawn. I had scouted a couple locations for dawn photographs the previous afternoon. However, when I went to these locations about 45 minutes before dawn, I realized that the views provided poor compositions in relation to the clouds, Palouse River canyon, and lighting. I scrambled up a path along the rim of the canyon, found this viewpoint, and quickly set up my camera and tripod. I didn't have much time to capture images before the golden lighting changed and the rising sun washed out much of the clouds.

Lighting

The light was quite golden, even for a sunrise. I was surprised how golden the ground was as I took various exposures of the ground and sky. The light was also extremely contrasting. The canyon was much darker than the sky. So I manually bracketed a wide range of exposures, exposing for the highlights in the sky and separately in the waterfall. I also used a narrow aperture to get maximum depth of field. I used f20, 5 seconds (to blur the falling water), ISO 100 for the ground, and f20, 1/2 second, ISO 100 for the sky. The two images were taken seconds apart.

Equipment

I used a Pentax K-1, Samyang 14 mm lens, Slik tripod.

Inspiration

I was on a cross-country photo trip, and returned to Palouse Falls State Park to capture better images of Palouse Falls than I had obtained before. Palouse Falls State Park is a beautiful location with a towering waterfall set in a large, natural amphitheater that empties into a deep river canyon downstream. In a previous cross-country trip to the park, I had focused more on photographing the impressive falls themselves and not on the larger context of the amphitheater and river canyon. When I returned with a wide angle lens, I shot the falls and amphitheater under the moon and stars at night. Then I woke up early to capture the falls in the context of the surrounding amphitheater. Little did I know when I woke that I quickly would abandon that idea and instead capture the falls looking upstream from the canyon.

Editing

I processed the two images of the ground and sky separately, then blended them at the horizon line, and finished processing the blended image. I have not been satisfied with HDR processing, so when confronted with high-contrast scenes, I sometimes bracket a wide range of exposures manually and then blend images.

In my camera bag

I don't have much equipment. I have a Pentax K-1, Pentax 28-105 lens, Pentax 150-450 lens, 14 mm Samyang (partly for astrophotography), Slik tripod, and two ND filters (mostly for shooting waterfalls). I focus on trying to learn how to use the equipment I have to make better photos, rather than on buying more equipment to make better photos.

Feedback

My advice for landscape photography is do your research beforehand, scout locations if possible, and be nimble on your feet. Before I went to Palouse Falls State Park the first time, I had researched the park, topo maps, other photographers' images, and sunrise/sunset times and locations on line. For this image, I had the advantage of having visited the park before. Nevertheless, I arrived well before sunset so I could scout possible vantage points for sunset, night and dawn photos. When I realized that dawn locations I had scouted wouldn't work, I literally ran to a different vantage point I hadn't scouted the day before to capture this image.

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