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After the Storm, Nisene Marks State Park

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 17 February 2010 in Landscape & Rural.


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I had been hearing from various photographers for the past couple of years extolling the beauty of Nisene Marks State Park in Soquel, California. Last week, light rain was forecast, and I thought this might be a good morning to see what this place was all about. And was I ever impressed. Redwoods, moss, ferns, lush forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls, and all within a short 10-minute drive from my oldest son's high school!

A storm had just passed though overnight, and as I dodged some showers with friends Mike Hall and Scott Schilling, I was able to capture this image of Soquel Creek. I decided to really let the water "silk out," so I used the Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density filter (which allows for 8 stops of density to be dialed-in by simply turning a ring), and made an almost 2-minute timed-exposure at f/16.

This image was double-processed in Adobe Camera Raw, and blended using a layer and mask in Photoshop CS4. I then used the foliage filter in Nik Color Efex Pro to bring back the greens as I remembered them. Overcast skies are awesome for getting greens to "pop."

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