Daily Image - Jun 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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23 Jun 11.  About a month back the rains were so heavy that the water in Lake Washington was way too high and the spillways at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks were wide open allowing for a large volume of water being released into Puget Sound. The velocity of the water cursing over the spillways was such that it created its own waterfall looking effect, and I wanted to capture the effect. No single exposure, no matter what I tried, could do it justice, so I opted to go with an HDR approach in order to capture more of the mist making it look much more like what the eye was seeing. There was a bit of a breeze blowing at the time I took the photo, and you will note that it is blowing in the opposite direction of the water's flow, so that may help give you an idea of the amount of mist being created by the outflow of the lake water. You may also notice several wires stretching across the water. They are there to curtail fishing birds from eating all the little smolt that are exiting Lake Washington to Puget Sound. If you haven't visited the Locks and live in the area, or are visiting the area, I highly recommend a visit there during times of high rains and/or the salmon run in mid summer to early fall.  ISO 200; 1/100 sec @ f / 22 (middle of 5 exposures).

23 Jun 11. About a month back the rains were so heavy that the water in Lake Washington was way too high and the spillways at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks were wide open allowing for a large volume of water being released into Puget Sound. The velocity of the water cursing over the spillways was such that it created its own waterfall looking effect, and I wanted to capture the effect. No single exposure, no matter what I tried, could do it justice, so I opted to go with an HDR approach in order to capture more of the mist making it look much more like what the eye was seeing. There was a bit of a breeze blowing at the time I took the photo, and you will note that it is blowing in the opposite direction of the water's flow, so that may help give you an idea of the amount of mist being created by the outflow of the lake water. You may also notice several wires stretching across the water. They are there to curtail fishing birds from eating all the little smolt that are exiting Lake Washington to Puget Sound. If you haven't visited the Locks and live in the area, or are visiting the area, I highly recommend a visit there during times of high rains and/or the salmon run in mid summer to early fall. ISO 200; 1/100 sec @ f / 22 (middle of 5 exposures).

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