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River Wrack
Photograph by Jim Richardson

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse casts its warning beacon from the northern bank of the Columbia’s mouth, presiding over waters only slightly less ominous than when Capt. Robert Gray crossed the deadly bar in the Columbia Rediviva in 1792, discovering the great western river. Some 2,000 ships have foundered on the bar, which, even with modern jetties and dredging, can still produce hundred-foot (30-meter) seas. The Columbia disgorges an average of 150 billion gallons (600 billion liters) of water a day into the Pacific, pushing a 400-mile (650-kilometer) freshwater plume that affects salinity levels as far south as San Francisco.




Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 28mm f/1.4 wide-angle
Speed and F-Stop: Several seconds @ f/2.8 (Bracketed it a lot.)
Weather Conditions: Foggy
Time of Day: After sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

Special Equipment or Comments:
It was difficult to achieve just the right balance of light to retain the feeling of a dark, foggy evening and to get the light in the lighthouse as it came around.



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