Oregon, Oregon, Oregon... What an insanely beautiful location, but such challenging weather! The scenery is nothing but mind blowing. The mountains, the gorge, the lakes and the wonderful people. A dream location for any photographer, right? I'm still in Portland for another day, so I've only done a quick process of one pictures. The two mile hike up to Punchbowl Falls was pretty nice, even tho I was dragging around with an extra bag holding my heavy waders!
This image is taken from above, showing the beautiful bowl that the 11 meters tall waterfall drops into. Recently a tree fell down blocking some of the view of the waterfall from the lower area (not visible from this perspective). I will share another image of this amazing waterfall when I get back home to Norway and have time to properly process the images.
EXIF and details about techniques used can be found under the image.
EXIF: ISO100 - f/13 - 1/3 sec
To edit this picture of Punchbowl Falls, I started doing minor adjustments as exposure, contrast, highlighs & shadows in Lightroom as well as enabling profile corrections. Further I went in to Photoshop where I selectively added some Orton Effect in the lighter areas of the image. Still using luminosity masks I used the burn tool on a 50% grey layer and blending mode Soft Light to darken some of the areas between the glowing trees, to get more contrast. I then added some details in the rocky parts between the water and falls, before I used Tony Kuypner's "Soft Glow" on a very low opacity, to get a more lush green. Last I used Nik Software to Darken/Lighten the centre.
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