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Snoqualmie Falls by Dorinda Wills, APSA, QPSA

January 2022 - Snoqualmie Falls

January 2022 - Dorinda Wills, APSA, QPSA


About the Image(s)

Snoqualmie Falls is about an hour from our home, in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It has a drop of 268 feet. In November, our area had record breaking rainfall and so the water going over the falls was at its peak. We decided to go and check it out. Unfortunately by the time we got there, it had started to rain again. There is always a significant mist around the falls, but with the added rain, not the best time for a photograph. But we were there.... so.... Used my Nikon Z7ii with 24-200 at about 31mm, f11, ISO 640. I did most of my processing in LR. (Did you know the current LR has some excellent new masking and processing feature?). Then using Luminar AI, made some final adjustments. We could have walked further to the right except it is a steep downhill, and it was raining hard. Saved that for another day.

9 comments posted

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
I think you overdo the mist on the left and right side of the picture. I tried to fix it but does not know if the result is OK.   Posted: 01/03/2022 16:08:03
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Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I didn't actually add the mist. The mist was everywhere plus it was raining. I tried to reduce it as much as I could. I just need to go back when it's not raining and not windy.
  Posted: 01/03/2022 16:59:39

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
You made a great improvement to the original phono.   Posted: 01/04/2022 12:01:10

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Beautiful falls I agree with Leonid that the mist detracts from the image I think the building does not fit with the natural waterfall   Posted: 01/11/2022 17:02:16

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
looks like a fun place to shoot. I agree with Tom, your edit is a vast improvement. i don't think there is much to do with the mist beside us it as an excuse to make another trip to the falls :-) I played with an HSL adjustment to the yellows and cropped it a hair.

  Posted: 01/11/2022 19:35:03
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Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
I had a slightly different take on this photo. I liked it very much and the falls pretty much stand on its own. The fog adds an air of mystery and interest overall to the picture and rather than try to get rid of it, I think it would add to the interest to make it even more a part of the picture - for example, clouding the building more into the background, which I agree with Judy, really doesn't belong in the picture, and doing your best to add a mysterious cast to the whole photo.   Posted: 01/12/2022 13:51:29

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
SO, I am going to go complete opposite of everyone here, and sort of channel what Jon said. I actually refer your monochrome original. I think adding the color is distracting in the foreground area because it just isn't working with the mist. I think if you worked the original as a black and white and just sharpened the falls themselves and leave the house more fogged over it might work. I find the color version has too many distracting elements.   Posted: 01/13/2022 14:04:53

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
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Jessica has nicely summarized my feelings.   Posted: 01/16/2022 10:41:42

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Thank you all for the comments. Truly not a great image to start with. I was just interested in whether or not it could be salvaged. I will try mono. The "house" is actually a historic inn and restaurant and well associated with the area, but unless you were local, would not know that.
  Posted: 01/16/2022 14:11:54


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