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Blue Adventure

By | 2016-12-18T17:00:59+00:00 March 18th, 2013|52 Comments

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, 171 sec at f/11, ISO 100
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After photographing non-stop in Australia for over two weeks, what did I want to do as soon as we got home? Yep, that’s right … head out with my camera for some more photography. :) So Brian Matiash, Brian Bonham and I jumped in the car and set sail for Steep Creek Falls, just across the Washington border.

The waterfall was easy to find, and beautiful, but I couldn’t get a clear shot of the entire thing without getting a bunch of leaf-less sticks in the way. So instead I focused on the mossy rocks and the smaller, less obvious parts of the stream. We found this patch of water that was just so blue and found compositions that worked well with it. The water was also ridiculously clear (and quite cold). Overall it was just so beautifully serene and peaceful … and I still can’t believe how blue that water was.

Processing Info: The majority of my editing was done in Lightroom 4. I made basic tone adjustments and then added one of my own presets, Country Girl from the “Nostalgia Portrait” preset pack (http://store.nicolesy.com/products-page/all-products/nostalgia-portrait/). After a few tweaks and edits I moved it over to Photoshop to do a bit of cloning and tone/color enhancements.

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.

52 Comments

  1. naceur mohamed March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    hello friend beautiful

  2. Anna Ryndak March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Amazing capture!

  3. matiullah timoori March 27, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

    nice

  4. Subir Ghosh March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    very nice capture

  5. mubasher iftkhar March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    nice buti pic

  6. Jorge Mendez March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    nice pic

  7. Brian Bonham March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    You did capture the color of the water! (not that I doubted you)  So nice.

  8. modo cato March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    BEAUTIFUL

  9. hegde supriya March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

     lichens a sign of spring in the temperate zone

  10. David R Robinson March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Very nice!

  11. Mark Schwall March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous image!

  12. Lillie Wood March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I've been there before

  13. hegde supriya March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    where

  14. Jeremiah Amoah March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Welcome,seriously this is beautiful pix

  15. Jeremiah Amoah March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Welcome,seriously this is beautiful pix

  16. Eileen O'Sullivan March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    It's beautiful.

  17. Eileen O'Sullivan March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    It's beautiful.

  18. babu r March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful+***+Nicole S.Young

  19. babu r March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful+***+Nicole S.Young

  20. Javier Esvall March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Wonderful capture!

  21. Javier Esvall March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Wonderful capture!

  22. Shelly Gunderson March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Pretty!

  23. Shelly Gunderson March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Pretty!

  24. Nassa J March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Sooooo Beautiful ~

  25. Nassa J March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Sooooo Beautiful ~

  26. angelina sibincic March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Lepo.

  27. angelina sibincic March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Lepo.

  28. Biljana Kovačević March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  29. Biljana Kovačević March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  30. Deana Lamb March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    wow..Lovely!!!

  31. Deana Lamb March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    wow..Lovely!!!

  32. Richard Foreman March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    That's a nice shot Nicole. Love the colors..

  33. Richard Foreman March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    That's a nice shot Nicole. Love the colors..

  34. Johnny Thomas March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Trop beaux

  35. Johnny Thomas March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Trop beaux

  36. Ball Photography & Design March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Just Beautiful, and love the post! Kudos~

  37. Ball Photography & Design March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Just Beautiful, and love the post! Kudos~

  38. Sayed Tahir March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Wow awsome

  39. Sayed Tahir March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Wow awsome

  40. 李建辉 March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I just say:beautiful!

  41. 李建辉 March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I just say:beautiful!

  42. Johnny Thomas March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Très belle photo

  43. Johnny Thomas March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Très belle photo

  44. Tajuddin Gazi March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Nice place

  45. Tajuddin Gazi March 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Nice place

  46. Andrew Schettino March 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Really great shot!

  47. Balaraju Bamandla April 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    beutiful location medume….

  48. Peter haken April 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Lovely capture. Can I ask what ND filter did you use, I presume you did if 171 secs?

  49. Dave Grund April 21, 2013 at 12:29 am - Reply

    hi Nicole. You and I must have the same 'eye', cuz I see a lot of my own work in your subject choices and framing. Could u share with me how 2 get this blurry water effect with a regular 5mp+ cellphone camera or is it even poss?

  50. عمار طاهر April 26, 2013 at 6:28 am - Reply

    هلو

  51. Nicole S. Young April 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    +Dave Grund It might be difficult, since I used an ND filter (this was either 6 or 10 stops ND, I can't recall). And you would need a tripod.

  52. Dave Grund April 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    thank you 4 responding to my inquiry. I was curious, is there any money in
    this type of photography? Ive been contemplating making a calander of the
    eastern Sierras (im sure im not the 1st!), i guess what im wondering is the
    market too 'saturated' to where really good photos is no longer enough?

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