Evening at Dry Falls Overlook - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009- All Rights Reserved
On the 4th of July 2009, I went to the fireworks show at Grand Coulee Dam in central Washington. This region gives a different look of the Palouse with its many cliffs, plateaus and rock formations. About 20 miles west of Grand Coulee Dam, I stopped at a scenic view area called the Dry Falls Overlook. I was there in the middle of the day with very harsh light so I made a note to return for a sunset shoot at some time in the future.
Two days ago I was returning home from a trip to Walla Walla and Pendleton. I decided to head for a northern route and see if I could get some good weather and light to shoot sunset at the overlook. I had been planning to take images and then use Photomatix Pro to process the images because of the high contrast composition with the cliffs, water and sky. This software has become a very useful tool for me because it allows for processing multiple images in a simple and effective manner.
As I arrived at the Dry Falls Overlook, the view was as breathtaking as I had remembered. I got there an hour or so before sundown so I had plenty of time to prepare myself for the approaching sunset. I was excited to see a few clouds on the horizon opposite the direction of the setting sun as they gave me the hope that I would have an interesting sky to include in my images.
Sun Bathes the Cliffs - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
Each of the images in this post was five exposures between -2 and +2 with a one stop interval between shots. I imported them into Aperture, made a few adjustments. then combined them into a single image and applied tonal mapping with Photomatix Pro. It was nice to have the full moon in the final image even though it appears very small above the clouds.
Moon at Dry Falls Overlook - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
It was fun to capture the images in this beautiful and often overlooked area of the Palouse. Hopefully you will add this trip to your agenda as you plan your visit east of the Cascades in Washington.
Laser Show at Grand Coulee Dam by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
I decided to try something different for observing a fireworks show this year. We traveled to eastern Washington and attended the show at Grand Coulee Dam. There were many light sources at the dam including an almost full moon, the normal lights at the dam, a laser light show and the fireworks that were special to celebrate the 4th of July.
The image at the top of this post is from the laser show that was accompanied by music and had a theme about water and irrigation in the region. The remainder of the images just show various light sources at the dam and of course most of the emphasis is on the fireworks.
Moon over Grand Coulee Dam by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
- Grand Coulee Dam at Night by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Firworks 1 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 2 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 3 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 4 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 5 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 6 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 7 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 8 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 9 by Gary Hamburgh _ All Rights Reserved
Fireworks 10 by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved
t was a fun trip and in addition to the light show, I found several new vistas so once again the area in the Palouse and eastern Washington offered a great opportunity for capturing images.
Moon above Wheat Field by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved
Many times it can be a struggle getting a print to match what it looks like on the screen. The following article by David Saffir entitled “Screen to Print Match for Photographers” gives some good advice for dealing with this problem. Utilize this information and it can save paper, supplies and headaches as you are printing your images.
Remember to print those beautiful images you take while visiting the Palouse so others can enjoy this interesting region of eastern Washington.