Are the two of Sol Duc Falls HDR images? I ask as the background highights look strange. It may be that they are just a tad overexposed, but looking at full resolution, there appears to be a weird vignetting around the leaves and branches. I really like the picture content, but my attention was immediately drawn to those highlights, and not in a good way. The lower falls picture is just impressive, but then I like the wilderness.
The one on the left is an HDR composite. Here's the normal exposure from that set:
The water is just trickling this year compared to two years ago because of a severe drought affecting the pacific northwest.
This is the view from the bridge looking up the canyon at the falls. The photo on the right in my previous post is a normal exposure. It is the view from partway up the right side of the canyon looking back down at the falls and the bridge. The brightly lit and deeply shadowed forest seemed like an excellent application for HDR. It doesn't work worth a darn with moving subjects, but I thought that the rocks and trees would hold still for the multiple exposures.
The blurred trees in the background are probably out of focus, since the image is at f/4 and is focused on the bright spot between the two streams of falling water.
The glaciers that feed the rivers in this area are shrinking quickly. This year's snow melt is already gone. Smoke from the Paradise wildfire obscured some of the valleys.
When I click on the magnifying glass on the Photobucket page, I get an image that is scaled to the width of my browser window. If I then right-click and select "view image", then click again, I can get Firefox to display them at full resolution. I uploaded most of the photos from this summer as "Medium" 9.8 MP 3840x2560 JPEGs, straight out of the camera. The high-resolution raw images have more than twice as many pixels at 5760x3840. Of course, these are puny compared to the brand-new 5Ds or some of the development work
that's going on at Canon.