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Absolutely breathtaking ! Congratulations on your win πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
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Thank you very much! Hope you are well.
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barbaranelson Feb 03
Congratulations!
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Thanks Barbara
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Annis Feb 03
Congratulations ...well deserved award!
 
Wow! Beautiful and breathtaking! I love it!! Congratulations on the win!
In the distance it looks like it's a long exposure, is it?
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I combined both a series of long exposures and short exposures to achieve a still train and movement in the water/clouds. Thank you very much!
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evelynhill Feb 04
Congratulations, where was this taken?
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Hello and thank you. I took this in the Columbia River Gorge
 
RosetteSmith Feb 04
I used to live there for so long! You really captured the beauty of the Gorge!
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Thank you, it is my favorite source of inspiration. I hope you get to visit soon!
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Forfarlass Feb 05
Congratulations. Superb image. x
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Thank you, glad you enjoy it as well!
 
Wow.Congratulations.
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Thank you!
 
salosnapshot Feb 05
Congrats!
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Thank you!
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donanzinger Feb 07
WOW, stunning image. I live in Washington State and this is the best shot I've seen of the Gorge. Congratulations!
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Thank you, that means a lot as some amazing photographers find their way through the Gorge. I just finished the 3rd one in this series and is now in my profile with a golden sky.
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margitulstrup Apr 04
It is so beautiful . Super view
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margitulstrup Apr 24
Congratulations well deserved smile
 
EugeneBraack Jun 03
How did you take what looks like a long exposure, but the train was not moving?
Is this a composite?
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Hey Eugene. If you read my behind the lens or the about on this shot I list all the exif data it took to make the photo and the time periods in which I captured them. This isn't a composite but a blend as I never moved the Tripod.

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Trails and Sunrise: F13, 15s, ISO 100, 20mm x 13
Train: F7.1, 1/125s, ISO 800, 20mm
Tunnel Light: F3.5, 1/160s, ISO 1600, 20mm
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. This is the eastern section that doesn't receive as much rainfall nor does it have the lush beautiful moss dripping off of evergreen trees.
Time
This was early! I believe that this was about 6am during sunrise during the winter of 2018 which was bitterly cold.
Lighting
Yes there were several things I needed to accomplish. 1) To get long exposures of the pre-burn of sunrise I made sure to use a 6 stop ND filter and shot during the end of blue hour when the sky is still dark enough for long exposures 2) To get a long exposure of the cars in the distance I made sure to shoot before sunrise when the passing lights would be at their brightest contrasted against a dark landscape 3) I had to catch the train at golden hour because the shutter speed and ISO had to be cranked too high during blue hour to both capture enough detail in shadows and capture the train frozen in motion.
Equipment
I used my Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 20mm F1.8 capped with a Breakthrough Photography circular polarizer and 6 stop ND filter. All this glass was mounted on a 3-Legged Thing Albert Equinox tripod.
Inspiration
This is actually #2 in a 3 part series I did on "Transportation in the Gorge". The idea came from wanting to showcase the presence of trains in the Columbia River Gorge and how they still are used as a large source of transportation for goods into the greater Portland area.
Editing
Yes I did haha! I took 13 photos to capture the sky and light trails in long exposures and stacked them all in Photoshop using the blend mode "Lighten" to thicken the trails and then used the "Mean" stack mode for creating a smoothing of the sky. Now the train went eastbound early before sunrise and lit the outside of the tunnel but I had to wait for after golden hour for the train to be coming at the viewer westbound. I blended these in Photoshop using CameraRaw to correct the images and make them resemble the lighting and darkness from the sky exposures.
In my camera bag
A Nikon D850, D750, Nikkor 20mm F1.8, Tamron 70-200 F2.8, Tamron 45mm F1.8, 3 Legged Thing Albert Equinox tripod, cable release, and Breakthrough Photography filters including a CPL, 3 and 6 Stop ND.
Feedback
This series started with me finding a great location and after visiting it 5 to 6 times I knew exactly what I needed in order to capture all the best elements that could happen within that scene from capturing the train frozen in motion, capturing a blurred long exposure of the water and sky, the long exposure of the car trails, and the overall color scheme from the sunrise that morning. From there I just planned when the best time to capture all of those elements were and provided a lot of extra room for time waiting for a train to show up. If you can envision a very specific photo do everything you can (within the law) to make it happen and you will be thrilled with the result and effort you put in. I went about 10 times in 5 weeks after the first 5 or 6 times just to get the right conditions for this photo and that time was well spent! Lastly, use helpful apps such as photo pills to predict sunrise/sunset, and weather apps and google earth to plan the perfect location and time and never give up.

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