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Columbia River Gorge

[/caption] This photo was taken from Washington State off of a narrow part of highway 14 that is called Cape Horn. It’s a great place to take in the views of the Columbia River as well as the gorge and many forested areas in Washington and Oregon. If you’re here at the right time you can witness the sun and clouds shifting around the sky which can really create some spectacular shadows and sun spots down below and in the distance. I took this photo on 5/16/11 and the time was 5:25pm. I made sure to visit before 6:00pm in order to avoid too much shadow from the low sun behind me and in the west. You can see how the sun creates some great personality in the river and gorge below. I took this with my Canon T1i along with my Sigma 17-70mm. I had the focal length at 17mm so I could get the most out of this panoramic view. I made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch to avoid any camera shake. I also attached my CIR-PL and warming filter to saturate the sky and enhance the lush colors below. I had the camera in program/normal mode so the aperture was set at F-7.1 and the shutter speed was at 1/100 second. I had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at 0. There is about 300 feet of area that you can move around to take pictures from this area but I posted this photo since I liked how the two giant trees are in the foreground that create a great scene as well as hide the farm house below. Oregon is on the right and Washington is on the left. There are several waterfalls that you can see on the Oregon side if you have a descent telephoto lens. The river was also about 15 feet above normal and I noticed that several trees that grow along the rivers edge were either drowning or had already drowned. Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams are just off in the distance and if you stay here long enough you can see bald eagles, osprey and hawks gliding along the cliffs.

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