By Mark Metternich

Losses And Gains

State/Province/Region
OR
Country
US
Nearest Area
Bend, Oregon
Town
Redmond
Brief Directions

Go to Redmond in Central Oregon and follow signs to Smith Rock State Park

Description

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! 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.

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Date Added
September 30, 2013
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September 30, 2013

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