Top 10 Images of 2011, #8

Coming in at #8 is “Canyon Oasis” from Oneonta Gorge in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon. The title comes from the feeling you get one you’re inside. The tall canyon walls with the river flowing through reminds you of the Narrows in Zion National Park, but the amount of moss and the color green permeates the walls and is quintessential Oregon. This image is a blend of 3 exposures. The water is a 30 second exposure with an ND filter attached to the lens. By creating a long exposure, I was able to highlight the natural s-curve formed by the water dripping off the canyon wall. The second exposure is to compensate for the amount of wind in the canyon. The tree in the upper right corner was moving fast and I had to use an ISO of 3200 to freeze the leaves in order to make it tack sharp. And the final image is at optimal settings for the remainder of the scene in order to print the final image large. Thanks for having a look!

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