Ed O’Rourke  

Secluded Waters by Ed O’Rourke

February 2021 - Secluded Waters

About the Image(s)

I like the way the foliage creates an cover over the peaceful waters of the creek. This is from Whittaker campground in the coastal forest east of Florence OR. It was taken in mid September, before the seasonal rains started, so the water level was pretty low and there wasn't much of a current which allowed for the reflection. It was a sunny day but the forest cover filtered the light.

I used my Canon EOS R with the RF24-105 lens with a aperture of f4.5, shutter speed of 1/100 and an ISO of 1600. For post processing I increased the shadows and toned down the highlights to bring out more of the details.

4 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
At first glance, I see a place where it rains a lot!! The forest soil is so moist it cannot hold its trees upright. And I see lush, blue/green foliage reflecting in the stream. I love reflections. This isn't the first time your photos have taken us on a path; an entryway deeper into the woods. I like this!   Posted: 02/03/2021 11:12:28
Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
You're right Paul. We do get a bit of rain here, about 75 inches a year. But on the upside, I don't have to shovel rain off my driveway. :)   Posted: 02/03/2021 11:50:59

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
I really like this image; it draws one into itself. I spend a lot of time in my local woodland (which *doesn't* get 75 inches of rainfall a year!), and this place looks very lush, indeed, even late in the season. Would love to spend some time around there.

We human's love symmetry and reflections, don't we? I particularly like the way the trees lean together form an arch, which together with its reflection form a natural tunnel leading us into the world beyond. It's fortunate (or perhaps the result of some careful composition?) that the horizontal log isn't apparent in the reflection, thus leaving the eye an open road. I also like the juxtaposition of the naturalistic, detailed imagery in the top half against the more impressionistic lower half.

I found myself wondering about a narrower crop, and maybe some color grading and local adjustments to further accentuate the middle pathway, so I took some liberty to experiment in Lightroom Classic. I hope that wasn't presumptuous of me. The narrower crop allowed me to eliminate the distracting large tree leaning in on the right, and some of the pretty much uniform (and less interesting) greenery on the left.
  Posted: 02/22/2021 13:41:09
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Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Your use of leading lines are always spot on. I can picture myself in a canoe heading into the picture. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 02/22/2021 15:09:57


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