Friday, February 7, 2014

Contender Pat Sotherlund

2014 American Landscape Contest Contender Pat Sotherlund finds beauty in the fragile spaces of Washington State

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Photographer: Pat Sotherlund

Location: Columbia Gorge, Carson, Washington State

When did you take this photograph? May 14th, 2013

Equipment: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF lens, polarizer, cable release, tripod

The story behind the shot:
I was on a tour with Marc Adamus. I live in Portland and had been to this location many times before but had never had the nerve to attempt the dangerous climb down to the falls. Adamus showed me a route that I had not seen. This route is still very difficult and should not be done alone. The area is very fragile and anyone making the journey needs to be very careful not to scar the site anymore than it already is. I suppose this is why this photo is so special to me. Adamus has the same passion for the outdoor landscape as I do and tries to leave sites as he found them. It is a special place and I pray that it can remain that way.

Did you use any special techniques in-camera or in post-processing?
Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6 were used to process the image. Basic sharpening, dodging, burning, spot healing, etc. were used. I also did some straightening with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
The Columbia Gorge is a landscape photographer dream. I am very lucky to live less that an hours drive from a place this beautiful!

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