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    Angry River Rainbow

    The Potomac at Great Falls after all the rains. Not sure if the rainbow really shows up enough. Also not sure which one I like better or is better. I welcome all comments/suggestions.

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    Re: Angry River Rainbow

    I can spot the rainbow in all the pics, so you captured it well! Pic #3 is my favorite
    of the group, as it offers the widest view of the river showing the character of the flood,
    and it has the trees, rocks and rainbow to go with it.

    Sweet Jeebus...that is one pissed-off river..

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    GAWD!
    The rives surely looks very angry.

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    Re: Angry River Rainbow

    #3 Hands down!
    Even on my crappy laptop the rainbow shows beautiful on all 3 pictures.

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    I love photos like this, Frankie! That is some serious water!

    As a boater I found myself picking my line down this rapid before I even looked at it from a photographic standpoint! Kind of funny! Guess you can take the boater out of the water, but you can't take the water out of the boater!

    Your rainbow is forming over what is known as a recirculating hydraulic. Very dangerous place to be in a boat because they are very difficult to escape once you are in one. It is continuously recirculating in on itself. The fact that it is creating enough continuous exploding spray to see a rainbow from the sun pretty much says it all! You can pretty much count on a butt-kicking should you drop into one of these and this one looks terminal.

    But this isn’t a boating forum, though I was just wondering if you saw any boaters this day.

    Great series, Frankie, and #3 & #4 do it for me. Agreed that the rainbow shows in all shots.
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    Re: Angry River Rainbow

    Lovely! That is one wild section of water!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Canon View Post
    I love photos like this, Frankie! That is some serious water!

    As a boater I found myself picking my line down this rapid before I even looked at it from a photographic standpoint! Kind of funny! Guess you can take the boater out of the water, but you can't take the water out of the boater!

    Your rainbow is forming over what is known as a recirculating hydraulic. Very dangerous place to be in a boat because they are very difficult to escape once you are in one. It is continuously recirculating in on itself. The fact that it is creating enough continuous exploding spray to see a rainbow from the sun pretty much says it all! You can pretty much count on a butt-kicking should you drop into one of these and this one looks terminal.

    But this isn’t a boating forum, though I was just wondering if you saw any boaters this day.

    Great series, Frankie, and #3 & #4 do it for me. Agreed that the rainbow shows in all shots.
    Thanks Terry - but no boaters that day. I have a feeling the park rangers wouldn't let them if they tried... just too dangerous. I was hoping to see some boaters, but then I saw the river and was glad I didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy View Post
    I can spot the rainbow in all the pics, so you captured it well! Pic #3 is my favorite
    of the group, as it offers the widest view of the river showing the character of the flood,
    and it has the trees, rocks and rainbow to go with it.

    Sweet Jeebus...that is one pissed-off river..

    Mike
    Thanks Mike. I'm starting to agree about Number 3. It does give a broader perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sahil View Post
    GAWD!
    The rives surely looks very angry.
    Yes, Sahil, it was. This is after the hurricane and the other rains we've had over the past few weeks. And even though the rains have stopped here, the river forms up north, so we get all that water eventually. It really is amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris V View Post
    #3 Hands down!
    Even on my crappy laptop the rainbow shows beautiful on all 3 pictures.
    Thank you Kris!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi View Post
    Lovely! That is one wild section of water!
    Thank you Frank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Canon View Post
    Your rainbow is forming over what is known as a recirculating hydraulic. Very dangerous place to be in a boat because they are very difficult to escape once you are in one. It is continuously recirculating in on itself. The fact that it is creating enough continuous exploding spray to see a rainbow from the sun pretty much says it all! You can pretty much count on a butt-kicking should you drop into one of these and this one looks terminal.
    My thoughts exactly Terry. I've rowed driftboats for years here on some of the Pacific NW rivers, and although I've never tried higher than Class 3, that stretch of water in Frankie's pics could be labeled as "Mortuary Mile". I can't see a single safe line though it, and there's a hellofa drop in there to compliment the jagged boulders...maybe that left seam in a kayak, but that rainbow boil has "widowmaker" written all over it..

    That's a great series Frankie...the more I look at them the more I see them as a set of 4 on the wall..
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    It looks runnable to me, Mike, but Iím pretty brave sitting here looking at it on a computer! And, as you mentioned, probably sneakable on far river left! The ledge on river right is going to have a nasty hole at the bottom of it too, but at least the corners appear to be turned downstream. Iíd say this one is probably a V with Class V consequences.

    Now, when you approach the lip of this monster, itís a lot different song and dance than looking at it from this chair! Itís really hard to tell exactly how big this thing is because there is not a little speck of a boater in it to give it that kind of scale.

    After looking at it for a while, Mike, and considering the consequences of a mistake, I have my line picked out! It is that footpath on top of the far left bluff! I said it looks runnable, but probably not by me!

    This thing must have been just thundering Frankie! Add the sound of this thing to this view must have been pretty breath taking! I'm glad you posted these Frankie! I can hear it all the way over here!

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    Terry,
    Yes, it was thundering! And very intimidating to be just standing there on the observation deck taking the photos. Even further down river the water was so high and moving so fast that it was a little scary.

    I'm not a boater, but remember the kayaking photos? These are the same falls. So that would scare me... not knowing what's going on under that water.

    The birds were even absent. I didn't see a heron or a cormorant and they are usually all over the place. I'll try to get up there again this weekend and see what it looks like.

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    Re: Angry River Rainbow

    The rainbow is not quite visible but the angry river in 3 is very nice.

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    Re: Angry River Rainbow

    It shows, very nice.

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    Re: Angry River Rainbow

    That is the Falls????

    Jeez 'O Pete! Now I get an idea of just what this thing is.

    Those falls are practically underwater! With that much water, that much gradient and those kind of abrupt drops...

    I'm not sure the line I chose was far enough up the bank!

    I bet standing on the bank close to this thing the earth was vibrating!

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    Re: Angry River Rainbow

    I took a crack at image #2 because I didn't feel like you'd explored your black/white points thoroughly enough. It is a problem I still have difficulty mastering, myself. There are some really sweet color shifts in this image and I am sure with the original, you can pull far more of them out than I was able to....hope you like.

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    Re: Angry River Rainbow

    Is it just me or am I seeing a heavy color cast here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Canon View Post
    Is it just me or am I seeing a heavy color cast here?
    If you mean on Chris's rework, it's not just you. It looks quite green to me

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