This shot is from my brief excursion to the Columbia River Gorge a few weeks ago. I would have to say that Hood River, Oregon is a new favorite spot for me to shoot! I like all of the rolling hills, orchards and spectacular views of Mount Hood to the south and Mount Adams to the north. Both of these volcanoes are imposing on the farming landscapes. I still like the Palouse region of Eastern Washington as well for different reasons, but to see these massive volcanoes on the horizon leaves you in a sense of awe and respect for the power of nature.
I remember driving around the day before trying to scope out this view but could not locate it. I decided the next morning to interrupt a local police officer’s morning coffee with some fellow Hood River citizens and ask what road I could drive to to get a classic view of the orchards, barns and Mount Hood. Well the entire group graciously told me of several locations, but this particular spot I was keenly interested in as I have seen some of my fellow Flickr friends shoot some amazing shots from this location.
This is a combination of three exposures (-2,0,+2) merged and tonemapped in Photomatix. I then moved to Photoshop and did a slight crop. I also selectively "Dodged and Burned" some of the highlights and shadows. I sharpened in Topaz "In Focus" and then moved to Lightroom to pull back some of the saturation as well as add a slight vignette and grain.
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