Reader Image of the Week – Duane Willis

Rocky Falls

Our first feature Reader Image of the week comes from Duane Willis

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THI: Duane Where was this image shot?
DW: Rocky Falls – Ozark National Scenic Riverways; It is located east of Eminence Missouri

THI: What equipment did you use for the shoot?
DW: Nikon 7000 ; Nikon 24-70 Lens, Manfrotto Tripod

THI: How many exposures did you shoot and how many stops?
DW: 3 Exposure (-2, 0, +2)

THI: What software did you use for processing?
DW: Photomatix 4.1.1 and Photoshop Elements 7

THI: Anything else you want to say about this image?
DW: This is  “Rocky Falls” with the Fall color and its 40 foot cascade of water dropping down to a clear pool of cold spring water.  It is one of the small “Shut-ins” formed from molten rock.


PT: I really like this image. What a great place to visit. There is nothing like this around here. What I like about the image is that the brightest part of the image is what your eye will go first and that is the main fall, perfectly silkened with a slow shutter speed and placed precisely for great composition

The eye is then allowed to wander up the falls to the beautiful fall foliage which has just the right amount of saturation. That is something that easily can get out of hand and you will see that with blow out in the red channel.

And best of all, this is a full range HDR taking us from the white of the water to pure black of the shadow areas of the falls. Which truly is “As the eye would see”

So what do you all think, Should a reader image be a weekly event or not? Let me know.

Image Copyright 2011 Duane Willis, All rights reserved


  1. Patrick Monaghan October 12, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    Duane, wonderful image, thanks for letting us see it. Peter, I would enjoy reader images, perhaps some could be submitted for critque, as well as sharing. Really enjoying the blog.

  2. Miguel Palaviccini October 12, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Great image. I really like that you are now incorporating reader’s images on here. Keep that up!

  3. Duane October 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Thanks Patrick and Miguel.

    Peter, thanks for having me be your first Reader Image Review. I have learned so much from you and continue to see… more every day!

  4. Joe October 13, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    Beautiful image Duane! Looks like you were there at the perfect time of day too.

    Peter, I like the reader image idea. Heck…gives me something to shoot for. 🙂

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