Palouse Falls, Washington, USA by Bill Sisson

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Palouse Falls in eastern Washington State is a spectacular waterfall that plummets 200 feet into a huge natural amphitheater. The afternoon before I took this photograph, I set up my tent in Palouse Falls State Park and then scouted locations for sunrise photographs the next morning. The next morning I went to the several photo locations I had hoped to take photos and realized that none of them were decent positions. So as the rising sun was nearing the horizon, I scrambled along the edge of the canyon to find a better location. I had enough time to set up my camera and fire off two series of manually bracketed exposures, one series for the waterfall and much darker ground, and a second for the much brighter sky. I blended two of the exposures in processing. The sky exposure was f22 at 0.6 seconds, 100 ISO. The ground exposure was f20 at 6 seconds, ISO 100. I used a 6 second exposure to blur the waterfall.

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