The Columbia River Gorge

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The Columbia River Gorge

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:05+00:00 June 26th, 2012|68 Comments

A few nights ago I went out to the gorge with +Brian Matiash and +David Daniels. After spending a few hours of fun sloshing through water to photograph Ruckel Creek falls, we made our way up to the Vista House and met up with +Elizabeth LePage to watch the sun set. It had been a beautiful day, and (as you can see) ended up being a beautiful sunset.

While most of the crowd of people were watching the actual sun go down, I (as usual) am looking another direction to see what kinds of colors I can find in the sky. I also love that glow of light you can sometimes see when you do get a good sunset, and it’s usually in the opposite direction of the sun (imagine that!). ;)

Post-processing: This image was a combination of two photographs merged together, one to capture the sun-lit landscape and a second (photographed six minutes later) to get the amazingly pink and glorious sky (which just got better and better as the time passed, hence the six-minute gap). I did most of the editing in Lightroom 4 (minus the jump to Photoshop to do the masking and minor levels adjustments). I also added a teensy bit of split-toning to play with the colors, I think it gives it a nice “pop”.

About the Author:

My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

68 Comments

  1. Mark Lockyear June 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Stunning view

  2. Mark Lockyear June 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Stunning view

  3. Brian Bonham June 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Love the color you captured in the sky.  Beautiful shot.

  4. Brian Bonham June 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Love the color you captured in the sky.  Beautiful shot.

  5. Megan McGuire June 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! I like that you merged the two shots, wonderful job!

  6. Megan McGuire June 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! I like that you merged the two shots, wonderful job!

  7. Jacob Lucas June 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    This looks like a painting, almost Monet-like :)

  8. Violeta Ivanova June 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    amazing sky and location!

  9. Jacob Lucas June 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    This looks like a painting, almost Monet-like :)

  10. Violeta Ivanova June 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    amazing sky and location!

  11. Brian Matiash June 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Ooooh, so pretty!

  12. Brian Matiash June 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Ooooh, so pretty!

  13. Milena Ilieva June 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Amazing colors!

  14. Milena Ilieva June 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Amazing colors!

  15. Jose Martinez June 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Lovely skies

  16. Kurt Wall June 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Trés cool sky! +1

  17. Kurt Wall June 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Trés cool sky! +1

  18. David Daniels June 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Not sure why you didn't turn it black and white… kidding! It looks awesome!

  19. David Daniels June 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Not sure why you didn't turn it black and white… kidding! It looks awesome!

  20. Saiko Shiroto June 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    colourful view :)

  21. Saiko Shiroto June 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    colourful view :)

  22. Kristine Ward June 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful light & colors!

  23. Kristine Ward June 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful light & colors!

  24. Nicole S. Young June 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

  25. Paula Thomas June 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Nice. I like the reflection of the colorful clouds in the water.

  26. Krzysztof Felczak June 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful capture, and perfect processing 

  27. Krzysztof Felczak June 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful capture, and perfect processing

  28. Dave Nitsche June 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Great shot Nicole!!!

  29. Dave Nitsche June 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Great shot Nicole!!!

  30. Mark Feliciano June 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Wow, wonderful image Nicole. That's an amazing spot.

  31. Mark Feliciano June 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Wow, wonderful image Nicole. That's an amazing spot.

  32. Brent Adams June 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    That is so gorgeous. I went there for the first time a few weeks ago and now can't wait to go back.

  33. Brent Adams June 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    That is so gorgeous. I went there for the first time a few weeks ago and now can't wait to go back.

  34. Dave Veffer June 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I'd +1 this twice if I could :)

  35. Dave Veffer June 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I'd +1 this twice if I could :)

  36. Sergey Bidun June 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Very nice picture….

  37. Sergey Bidun June 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Very nice picture….

  38. Jeff Freeman June 27, 2012 at 12:42 am - Reply

    awesome shot :) …seems like that's twice now recently I've seen you were here in Portland (after the fact ;) — if you want some additional photogs to shoot with next time you roll into town drop me a line. :)

  39. Jeff Freeman June 27, 2012 at 12:42 am - Reply

    awesome shot :) …seems like that's twice now recently I've seen you were here in Portland (after the fact ;) — if you want some additional photogs to shoot with next time you roll into town drop me a line. :)

  40. Vincent Dale June 27, 2012 at 12:46 am - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young this is so welcoming stepping in from school and steeping out for work. I like it

  41. Vincent Dale June 27, 2012 at 12:46 am - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young this is so welcoming stepping in from school and steeping out for work. I like it

  42. Toby Harriman June 27, 2012 at 1:31 am - Reply

    So beautiful! Great shot +Nicole S. Young

  43. Toby Harriman June 27, 2012 at 1:31 am - Reply

    So beautiful! Great shot +Nicole S. Young

  44. John Wiker June 27, 2012 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Lived in the area for many years Nicole, beautiful image :-)

  45. John Wiker June 27, 2012 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Lived in the area for many years Nicole, beautiful image :-)

  46. Nicole S. Young June 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

  47. Nicole S. Young June 27, 2012 at 4:04 am - Reply

    +Jeff Freeman I'm here quite a bit, mostly spending time with my man, +Brian Matiash :) We do photowalks from time to time, I'll add you to my PNW photogs circle for when I post or share them in the future.

  48. Vince June 27, 2012 at 3:23 am - Reply

    Beautiful shot Nicole. Can you tell me how you merged the 2 shots in Lightroom? Thought that was only possible with a plugin or Photoshop.

  49. Nicole S. Young June 27, 2012 at 4:04 am - Reply

    +Jeff Freeman I'm here quite a bit, mostly spending time with my man, +Brian Matiash :) We do photowalks from time to time, I'll add you to my PNW photogs circle for when I post or share them in the future.

  50. Mahmoud Tawfik June 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    work of art.do you use photoshop to get this results.

  51. Mahmoud Tawfik June 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    work of art.do you use photoshop to get this results.

  52. Perfect!

  53. Perfect!

  54. Patricia Davidson June 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Oh love the pink clouds and light!

  55. Patricia Davidson June 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Oh love the pink clouds and light!

  56. MansouR July 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Amazing picture

  57. MansouR July 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Amazing picture

  58. Tiffany Blodgett July 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    this is sooo pretty. I love the coloring in the sky and clouds

  59. Tiffany Blodgett July 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    this is sooo pretty. I love the coloring in the sky and clouds

  60. Ejaz Ahmed July 30, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

    LOVELY

  61. Ejaz Ahmed July 30, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

    LOVELY

  62. Jitka Kiev August 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    very nice! :o)

  63. Jitka Kiev August 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    very nice! :o)

  64. mahmoud tawfik August 24, 2012 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Wow,so beuatiful

  65. mahmoud tawfik August 24, 2012 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Wow,so beuatiful

  66. Ejaz Ahmed August 27, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    very nice

  67. Ejaz Ahmed August 27, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    very nice

  68. Babylone D Shira October 30, 2012 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Wow! Beuatyful….!!

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