Running The Gauntlet

Even with reduced water levels there are still some sections of Big Tumbling Creek where I found some decent rapids. These rapids are typically where the width of the riverbed suddenly shrinks and the water comes gushing out the other side with tremendous force.

The boulders in the portion of the river are huge and the image really doesn’t do them justice. Take the large boulder at the back left of the image, it was over four feet tall where it meets the water and I was over 20 feet from the falls when I setup for this shot.

I did the majority of the processing for this shot in PhotoTools using Color and Tones Intensity, WOW Landscape and Color Intensity filters. In Photoshop, I applied a Brightness/Contrast layer, a Hue/Saturation layer to reduce fringing and a High Pass filter for sharpening. Noise Reduction was performed in Lightroom along with the addition of a Kodachrome 64 preset which added just a touch of contrast and a golden tint.

Gear: Canon 60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm

Settings: 25mm, ISO100, f/16, 4 seconds, ND4

Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, OnOne PhotoTools 2.6

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  1. Mike Victorino September 23, 2011 at 12:19 AM #

    Lovely shot Curt! Seeing your work has always motivated me to improve mine. Thanks for what you do!
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  2. Rick Louie September 21, 2011 at 11:22 PM #

    Excellent series, Curt!
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  3. Marc Collins September 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM #

    Nice composition and very well processed. Must try Photo Tools as an alternative to Color Efex Pro
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  4. Toad Hollow Photography September 21, 2011 at 3:06 PM #

    Absolutely lovely Curt!

  5. Steven Perlmutter September 21, 2011 at 2:18 PM #

    Excellent colors and movement in the water. Really liking this series Curt.
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  6. Jimi Jones September 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM #

    Another great image, Curt. That water and the processing is spot on, man. Love the deep colors.
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  7. Chris Nitz September 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM #

    I like the little path the rocks form for the water, and how that leads you into the falls in the back.
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  8. Andy Gimino September 21, 2011 at 7:51 AM #

    I like it…the channel in the rocks leads you into the image, NIce perspective!
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  9. Edith Levy September 21, 2011 at 7:25 AM #

    Really enjoyig this series. Well done Curt.
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  10. Victoria September 21, 2011 at 4:42 AM #

    Very, very nice… I love the water and stones very much. :)
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