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Mark Metternich
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Congratulations to Mark Metternich for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 10 votes - View Previous Winners


To be as brief as possible, I have been off the grid for quite a while due to the busiest workshop season in my career and then after finishing that, I came home to some major personal losses, yet also some beautiful gains. Not one to dwell on the negative, I focus on the gains.

Here is a photo that represents (at least to me) some of those beautiful gains. One gain I will share is that I now live in my dream of dreams locations: BEND Oregon! This truly amazing small town (population 80,000) is very often voted the greatest outdoor recreational town in the US. This has been a lifelong dream for me and I am now living in the very heart of it all! On the "Bend Ale Trail" even! Pinch me!

Literally, this photo was taken just a couple weeks ago, just a short drive from where I live. My new place (see my Facebook page if you want more details and images and such...) along with the largest backlog of imagery I have ever had from a crazy spring and summer of furious shooting has me finally back behind the computer working on post production. You know I love that!

Lastly, yes my backlog is coming, BUT I am so inspired about my new surroundings (Crater Lake, Smith Rock, Sparks Lake, about 13 mountains in close proximity, too many rivers, lakes and waterfalls to count...) that I just had to start there.

About the photo: I was grieving some losses and so to shake it off, I decided to take off and go to this location (a place my dad had me climbing and repelling as a teen). I simply went to the central vista spot and sat in solitude (surprisingly almost no one was there) and just enjoyed the show not worrying about taking a photo so much. At sunset I was met with one of the craziest light shows I have seen in a very long time (most of which was out of the frame directly behind me). I just sat, triggered off some bracketed shots and took it all in. Once the show was over I felt quite rejuvenated as nature often does for me.

Techie stuff and miscellaneous information:

A double processed RAW file easily blended using my "Blending for Dynamic Range - Blend If" technique.
Canon 5D Mark 2
Canon 24-105 @ 24
f/8 (sharpest f-stop)
100 ISO
8 second exposure

Yes, I cloned out a path or two...

As always, more accurately viewed using a color managed browser like Safari, Firefox or Chrome, of course meticulously calibrated and maybe even on a wide gamut monitor.

I hope you enjoy.

Thank you for any comments or suggestions.







Sep 21, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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Mark,

You never disappoint when I click on your thread links . This image took a while to take in, there is so much to see. You've got the sunset, the moon hidden in there, reflections, glows.. sensory overload!

Jason



Sep 21, 2013 at 02:23 AM
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Best shot I've seen of Smith Rock! Very well done! Love the S curve


Sep 21, 2013 at 02:38 AM
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Is there a moon in there?


Sep 21, 2013 at 02:39 AM
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Thank you very much Jason. Means a lot to me.

Thanks Brain. Yes, there is a moon in there. You can barely make it out.



Sep 21, 2013 at 02:50 AM
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Nice! Super sick shot man!


Sep 21, 2013 at 02:51 AM
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Bjadelberg wrote:
Nice! Super sick shot man!


That means a lot coming from you!



Sep 21, 2013 at 02:53 AM
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To be as brief as possible, it seems like it would be a rather dark print in its current form.


Sep 21, 2013 at 02:58 AM
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gdanmitchell wrote:
To be as brief as possible, it seems like it would be a rather dark print in its current form.


Kind of symbolizes the darkness that has been trying to surround my life as of late. Yet, also the light that always breaks through!



Sep 21, 2013 at 03:37 AM
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Excellent! Love it!


Sep 21, 2013 at 03:49 AM
 

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Fantastic. I love the colors and the composition. How does this look at even wider than 24mm? Looks like it would be a good place for a pano too.


Sep 21, 2013 at 03:57 AM
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Sweeeeeeeet! Nice capture. Hang in there, darkness naturally turns to light; just takes time.


Sep 21, 2013 at 04:01 AM
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That's epic dude, and I'm only on my phone now. Glad to see you back posting your shots!


Sep 21, 2013 at 05:03 AM
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I love the light and dark (and the tiny crescent moon) in this photo - glad you've been able to find relief from your troubles.

Phil



Sep 21, 2013 at 05:14 AM
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This is epic bro !!!!!


Sep 21, 2013 at 05:52 AM
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Mark!!!! Killer shot. One of the best from here. I want to purchase a print for a friend. The colors are spot on. Can you pm me ?


Sep 21, 2013 at 08:42 AM
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Nice shot of Smith Rock - this one has the approaching storm look about it. AND I know the feeling about Bend! I will be retiring there next year - can't wait!! Then I will have time to learn PS proper - like blend-if.
Dave



Sep 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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Bjadelberg wrote:
Best shot I've seen of Smith Rock! Very well done! Love the S curve


Ditto here!! Awesome processing of such a dynamic range of colors and contrast!! I've been to that very spot and had this very same image in my mind, although the environmental conditions did not work in my favor that day. Even more reason to make another trip out there one day!

Amazing!! Your work is always so inspiring. I was in Bend last year at this time, my first ever trip to Oregon. After spending 10 days there exploring (and shooting) the very locations you mentioned in your post, I knew it was a place I could live in one day, packing up everything I own and saying goodbye to corporate life!! You are not only living your dream, but mine as well. I hope one day to take that leap of faith and do the same!!

Sorry to hear of your losses - I hope they were not too substantial. Either way, you approach it with a new, positive attitude. That approach will get you through everything - keep your chin high!! And keep living your dream - NO ONE can take that away from you!! When life throws you a lemon, you make.....well, you know what I mean!

Carl



Sep 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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Mark
Wow! great capture and PP, love it.



Sep 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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A wonderful SR shot indeed. One of the best.



Sep 21, 2013 at 03:23 PM
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