"Losses and Gains"  © Mark Metternich
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(@MattDaugherty) Matt Daugherty said:October 17th, 2013 (4:45pm) PDT
Nicely thought through and processed!
(@MarkMetternich) Mark Metternich said:October 12th, 2013 (11:06am) PDT
Huge thanks to all!
(@JStanton) James Stanton said:October 5th, 2013 (8:22pm) PDT
Sweet... love this.
(@Leckie1463) Todd Leckie said:October 5th, 2013 (8:46am) PDT
Amazing capture Mark!
(@ramonachiassongmailcom) Ramona Chiasson said:October 3rd, 2013 (8:03pm) PDT
nice to meet your photo's..Mark
(@KWirtanen) Kent Wirtanen said:October 3rd, 2013 (6:12pm) PDT
What a beautiful image...well done. I have drove through Bend a couple of times, and it is a gorgeous area.
@MarkMetternich replied: Thanks Kent. I agree Bend is very cool!
(@Marthe) marthe said:October 3rd, 2013 (5:54pm) PDT
(@RobDietz) Rob Dietz said:October 3rd, 2013 (4:28pm) PDT
Simply awesome!
@MarkMetternich replied: Thank you!
(@LauraSample) Laura Sample said:October 3rd, 2013 (10:26am) PDT
Supurb, Mark, It is good to see your posts. You do live in a beautiful location and you capture it so well.
@MarkMetternich replied: A big thank you for the encouragement!
(@Jennybear) Jenny Stevens said:October 3rd, 2013 (10:23am) PDT
And... welcome back !
@MarkMetternich replied: Thank you. It has been a while! :)
(@Jennybear) Jenny Stevens said:October 3rd, 2013 (10:22am) PDT
It is like a magical kingdom. Wonderful and amazing photograph. There is nothing like the beauty of wilderness that clears and cleans the brain. Quite simply, it is inspiring. You have a great attitude on your positive thoughts. Congratulations on living where your heart is.
@MarkMetternich replied: A huge thank you. It has been tough times but I am blessed as well. Thank you for the encouragement.
(@Bildervielfalt) Michael Bayer said:October 3rd, 2013 (10:13am) PDT
Beeindruckende Landschaft mit einem fantastischen Himmel.
@MarkMetternich replied: What? :)
(@polimeros) thom polimeros said:October 3rd, 2013 (9:41am) PDT
nice one Mark....i'd say you caught a pretty nice sunset there
@MarkMetternich replied: Thank you very much.

Mark Metternich

Don't miss the moon in there!

To be as brief as possible, I have been off the grid for quite a while due to the busiest workshop season in my career and then after finishing that, I came home to some major personal losses, yet also some beautiful gains. Not one to dwell on the negative, I focus on the gains.

Here is a photo that represents (at least to me) some of those beautiful gains. One gain I will share is that I now live in my dream of dreams locations: BEND Oregon! This truly amazing small town (population 80,000) is very often voted the greatest outdoor recreational town in the US. This has been a lifelong dream for me and I am now living in the very heart of it all! On the "Bend Ale Trail" even! Pinch me!

Literally, this photo was taken just a couple weeks ago, just a short drive from where I live. My new place (see my Facebook page if you want more details and images and such...) along with the largest backlog of imagery I have ever had from a crazy spring and summer of furious shooting has me finally back behind the computer working on post production. You know I love that!

Lastly, yes my backlog is coming, BUT I am so inspired about my new surroundings (Crater Lake, Smith Rock, Sparks Lake, about 13 mountains in close proximity, too many rivers, lakes and waterfalls to count...) that I just had to start there.

About the photo: I was grieving some losses and so to shake it off, I decided to take off and go to this location (a place my dad had me climbing and repelling as a teen). I simply went to the central vista spot and sat in solitude (surprisingly almost no one was there) and just enjoyed the show not worrying about taking a photo so much. At sunset I was met with one of the craziest light shows I have seen in a very long time (most of which was out of the frame directly behind me). I just sat, triggered off some bracketed shots and took it all in. Once the show was over I felt quite rejuvenated as nature often does for me.

Techie stuff and miscellaneous information:

A double processed RAW file easily blended using my "Blending for Dynamic Range - Blend If" technique.

Canon 5D Mark 2

Canon 24-105 @ 24

f/8 (sharpest f-stop)

100 ISO

8 second exposure

Yes, I cloned out a path or two...

As always, more accurately viewed using a color managed browser like Safari, Firefox or Chrome, of course meticulously calibrated and maybe even on a wide gamut monitor.

I hope you enjoy.

Thank you for any comments or suggestions.

Uploaded: Oct 3rd, 2013 (9:32am)
Category: Other
Camera: 5D Mark 2

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