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harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh March 31, 2020
Beautiful
davidderienzo PRO
davidderienzo March 31, 2020
Thank you!
cashqueen
 
cashqueen Sep 19
Love this🌸

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at one of my favorite places—Sahalie Falls in Willamette National Forest. Sahalie is about halfway between Eugene and Bend in the Cascade Mountains.
Time
This was shot in the early afternoon.
Lighting
Since it was a sunny day, I shot this at an exceptionally low ISO with the aperture fully closed. I did not want to use an ND filter as I would've needed to open the aperture a bit, and since I was capturing several interesting layers of features (the rock wall, the tree) at different distances and wanted them all in focus, I wanted to stick to f22.
Equipment
Shot on Nikon D750 with Tamron 24-70 2.8 Di VC. Didn't have a tripod with me that day, so I had to do the long exposure just balancing the camera on a rock!
Inspiration
This is my weekend spot, and it's a very popular place that comes up on Instagram all the time, so I always try to take interesting photos of it from angles that visitors to the falls don't normally get to. In order to reach this spot, you have to hike about an hour from the visitor entrance and crawl up a somewhat precarious rock wall.
Editing
This is one image with fairly minor post-processing. I lowered highlights, raised shadows, and lowered the black clipping until certain parts of the image experienced data loss (a little data loss in the blacks is ok).
In my camera bag
Apart from the above, I have a collapsable tripod (small enough to fit in a backpack), an ultra-wide (Sigma ART 14-24mm f2.8), a telephoto (Sigma 70-300 DG Macro), two primes (Nikkor 50mm f1.8 and Sigma ART 35mm f1.4) and a remote shutter.
Feedback
When you go to a popular place, pay attention to where most people are taking their photos and go somewhere else. Chances are, photos from that perspective are all over the place, and it often has nothing to do with that being the most aesthetic perspective—it's usually more about ease of access. With 20-30 minutes of work, you can find a totally different perspective of a familiar place that no one has really seen, and that's always something that will blow people away, especially people familiar with the location.

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