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New on 500px : Elowah by RyanBuchanan by RyanBuchanan

Had to make it to Elowah Falls on my Oregon trip as I think it’s one of the more impressive looking waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. Tough to find a unique composition here anymore, but the flow was just right to catch some nice water movement in the foreground. With the rain coming down and water splashing up from below, this was not exactly an easy shot. I think I captured only this one useable shot that wasn’t completely blurred or splashed. In post, getting those greens right was quite the challenge. Thanks for the feedback! Follow me on Instagram @exposurescape

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New on 500px : Dark Seal by RyanBuchanan by RyanBuchanan

The Oregon coastline just after sunset. Seal Rock, where the compositions change by the minute with the rising and falling tide, revealing interesting formations like this one. So many options to choose from. Longer 4 second exposure here and obviously other shots for the birds. Thanks for the likes and comments. Please follow me on Instagram @exposurescape

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New on 500px : Drawn Together by RyanBuchanan by RyanBuchanan

To round out our journey around Oregon, we ended up in the Hood River Valley at this popular red barn with Mt. Hood in the distance. With the pear orchard at peak bloom, it was a good option until we actually arrived here… With droves of other photographers around—literally with lawn chairs, drinks and endless stories—we adjusted our plans and attempted a different take on this spot with a night shot—alone and with no wind at all—perfect conditions.

In my attempt to try and find something unique here, I was crouching down and crawling all over this place until I came across this spot, and from about 2 feet off the ground was just able to sneak in that top branch above Hood and with the branches almost reaching for each other, it framed the barn and mountain just right.

Here I thought I was getting down and dirty until explorer Miles appears out of nowhere shaking his head, covered in dirt and banged up. Apparently this peaceful orchard is a dangerous place, especially when you walk off a ledge and barrel roll down the hillside. Your secret is safe with me buddy 😉

For me personally, this is definitely one of the more challenging overall photos from actually capturing the shots to processing. Getting the scene brightness, colors, and sharpness correct was tough. This is a 3-shot focus stack, at 50mm, f/11, 4s, ISO 200 and another exposure for the stars.

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New on 500px : Drawn Together by RyanBuchanan by RyanBuchanan

To round out our journey around Oregon, we ended up in the Hood River Valley at this popular red barn with Mt. Hood in the distance. With the pear orchard at peak bloom, it was a good option until we actually arrived here… With droves of other photographers around—literally with lawn chairs, drinks and endless stories—we adjusted our plans and attempted a different take on this spot with a night shot—alone and with no wind at all—perfect conditions.

In my attempt to try and find something unique here, I was crouching down and crawling all over this place until I came across this spot, and from about 2 feet off the ground was just able to sneak in that top branch above Hood and with the branches almost reaching for each other, it framed the barn and mountain just right.

Here I thought I was getting down and dirty until explorer Miles appears out of nowhere shaking his head, covered in dirt and banged up. Apparently this peaceful orchard is a dangerous place, especially when you walk off a ledge and barrel roll down the hillside. Your secret is safe with me buddy 😉

For me personally, this is definitely one of the more challenging overall photos from actually capturing the shots to processing. Getting the scene brightness, colors, and sharpness correct was tough. This is a 3-shot focus stack, at 50mm, f/11, 4s, ISO 200 and another exposure for the stars.

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New on 500px : Fire On High by RyanBuchanan by RyanBuchanan

Here, alone in the Mesquite Sand Dunes of Death Valley, the sunset looked bleak. Totally blank skies except for a very thin layer of clouds above the mountain line off in the distance. As my only option, I pulled out the 70-200mm lens to frame these 3 nice dunes in hopes the clouds would get some color. Luckily that small strip of clouds engulfed in flames casting some nice light on my zoomed in scene. Honestly, the sky of the raw file looks incredibly close to this final, so it was tough to tame the intensity of the colors. All in all, nothing special here, just a simple, soft scene with an almost abstract look. Thanks for viewing. For more, please visit my website at exposurescape.com and please follow me @exposurescape on Instagram.

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New on 500px : Desert Gold by RyanBuchanan by RyanBuchanan

Desert, yucca, cacti, buzzards… Yes, we are back in Texas! And for this crisp sunrise, I was back in pano-mode with a 5-stitcher of a location in Big Bend National Park called Balanced Rock. Here, the sun has to rise above the distant mountain range so once the light breaks, it’s immediately harsh especially on all these rock faces. A slight distant haze helped diffuse the sunlight but I still found it very difficult to get the colors and tones where I liked them. Appreciate the feedback and follows. Instagram: @exposurescape

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New on 500px : Rowena by RyanBuchanan by RyanBuchanan

Sunrise: Rowena Crest in full bloom — No wind: Check. No rain: Check. Massive dark cloud slicing down the middle of the fame: CHECK! Not the best for the comp and cut off from any direct light but still tried to make something work here… This was my first trip up to Oregon for a fun week of shooting thanks to an invite from my pal, Miles Morgan. And so our Rowena shoot was the kickoff point on our 1,600+ mile journey around the entire state searching for some good conditions… Although our efforts were largely unrewarded in the light department, I got the royal Oregon tour and had a blast with a good friend.

For this image, I stack focused 6 shots for sharpness throughout. With the direct warm light blocked, I found it more difficult to keep those color tones in check, especially with the cooler foreground. Even still, the intense color of the sky against those yellow flowers was hard to balance.

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