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Cloud Whisperer by GroovyGeek Cloud Whisperer by GroovyGeek
Samuel Boardman State Park at sunset. Yes, I know the title makes no sense, read on to see why.

It has been endless blue skies here for multiple weeks now, making it difficult to get good images. This particular image was the last one from earlier in the year that I managed to get in somewhat transition weather. For several weeks in a row I have camped on Mt. Hood hoping against hope that the weathermen are wrong. Unfortunately, it does not take much to be a weatherman away from the coast in the PNW - 90% chance of clouds and rain in the winter, 90% chance of clear blue skies in the summer.

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Meema Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Exceptional shot.
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ihamo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Absolutely beautiful, just love it.
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Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Photographer
Great composition and sunset atmosphere without any clouds ;p
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Thank you, it is one of my favorite images, where I made something out of nothing. The beach this is on is quite unremarkable, and I spent the sunset in a fruitless attempt to compose something around a rather pedestrian concept - some arrangement of rocks pointing towards the sunset with .1s shutter speed to smooth the water. Nothing seemed to quite click, so right around sunset I threw in the towel and started walking towards the car. Then I jumped over the stream in this image and something clicked.
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foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Very nicely composed....:+fav:!!!!!
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JonGoldie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Great feeling of depth to this shot, cheers :)
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! You've been featured here: [link]
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thank you
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ephemeral-artifacts Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Photographer
what a great atmosphere, and its got backbone :D
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Attitude with a backbone :D Thanks for the comment!
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BriceChallamel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a gorgeous image, elegant and sobre yet warm and comforting. It's always these great shots that inspire "destination" which I get to enjoy the most in landscapes. Kudos for this! :)
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
This is probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said about a photograph of mine. I have always felt that most of my images are fairly cold and documentary, with only few of them having a feeling and a "sense of place" to them. I am glad that you think this is one of them.
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psyfre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Very nice!!
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T-Brother Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice
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AlaskaGrl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooooooooooh how beautiful! This is lovely! Nice work!
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
And I was holding it as a spare because I did not think it was very good, yet the response so far has been surprisingly positive. Thanks for the comment.
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AlaskaGrl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Good call on posting it! :D You're welcome!
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the water ripples... kind of reminds me of a snake.
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yulii Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
wow that is an awesome shot. love the braid like textures showing in the water :)
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LG77 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Just one word : WOW

...oO"

(I don't say it that often , you can trust me...)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Photographer
love the fossil-like textures in the foreground water, really nice mist towards the horizon and lovely soft colours and atmosphere!
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Interesting way to describe the texture. Thank you for the comment.
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Wonderful.
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EracexxMi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Photographer
woah thats incredible!
i hope to get as good as you one day.
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Earcl01 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
amazing! what strengths neutral density filter was used? if you used one haha, and if i may ask
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
3-stop GND hard, if I recall correctly. I had to even out the illumination of the main rock on the left during PP to "hide" the edge of the filter running across it. The exposure was around 30s. The ripples in the stream were very consistent, which is why they survived while the ocean is largely featureless.
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Probably none. The GND is used to even out illumination when the contrast range is too large to be captured by the sensor, typically at sunrise or sunset, but also at the edges of weather. My most used GNDs are 3-stop hard and 3-stop soft.
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Earcl01 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thanks for replying, never heard of a GND before, you tought me something :D what strength ND would you reccomend for gloomy daylight? :)
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Thanwan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
beautiful!
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