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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