I’m pretty old school; when I am out in nature, I am typically working hard to exclude any sign of humans from my landscape pictures. So when my friend Steve Shuey and I were photographing this spectacular waterfall in the Cascade mountains, I took care to crop out cut logs and any sign of the trail. We were just about ready to leave, in fact, when Steve asked me if I wanted him in a shot for scale. I almost turned him down, but then thought better of it. Steve, you see, carries a red jacket – perfect for a scene like this.
The rain that had been falling all morning finally gave way to clear skies, too bright for a picture, so we had to wait a while until a cloud passed over and we could get the picture. It was only later, when I looked at the image on my laptop that I realized how much having Steve there added, showing the size and power of the waterfall in a way that a conventional, “pure” shot would not have. (Take a look back to Ian Plant’s post from last week about putting people in pictures.)
The truth is, this was Steve’s idea,and his jacket, even if I clicked the shutter. It is as much his picture as it is mine. Thanks, Steve.
Meanwhile, I should also say that this image is almost straight out of the camera, without any real post-processing. Sometimes it’s nice to know what’s real – and what’s not.
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