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Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock
Photo Information
Copyright: Tom Peak (tkp1165) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 12 N: 595] (3876)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-19
Categories: Mountain, River
Camera: Nikon D 80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni, 77mm Circular Polariser
Exposure: f/11, 1/5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-20 2:57
Viewed: 2758
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Beacon Rock, the exposed core of an ancient volcano, dominates the middle section of the Gorge. It stands 848 feet tall above the mighty Columbia, and in these parts is considered to be the second largest monolith in the world, next to Gibraltar.

Beacon Rock served as a landmark for river travelers for hundreds of years. The Indians knew it marked the last of the rapids on the Columbia River and the beginning of tidal influence from the Pacific Ocean, 150 miles away. Lewis and Clark were the first white men to see the rock. They camped at its base in November of 1805, noting the rock in their journal and giving it its present name. In 1811, Alexander Ross, of the John Jacob Astor expedition, called the rock 'Inshoack Castle,' and it was known as 'Castle Rock' until the United States Board of Geographic Names officially restored the title of 'Beacon Rock,' in 1961.
"Henry J. Biddle purchased the rock, in order to build a trail to the top, and constructed the original trail from 1916 to 1918. In 1935, his heirs turned the rock over to the state for use as a park. Additional development was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps." [Thanks to Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist, Oregon State Archives, for the above link.]

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-20 3:07]

Wonderful composition and beautiful reflections. Very good work! Thank you for sharing!

hi tom
fantasti picture with great details
very good job here
alke s;)

Hi Tom,
A wonferful image!
The POV works just great, and the warm light there produces all that large colors on the vegetation.
I like the inclusion of the reflection on the calm water, you shot at the right time of the day.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Tom,
Probably the best post you've placed here on the site. Beautiful color, depth, reflection, and angle for this shot of Beacon Rock.
Where were you when you took the picture?

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-09-20 12:13]

Un paisaje maravilloso, de ensueño. Un saludo y TFS.

José Luis

Hello Tom,
This is a outstanding landscape photo and very well presented!
Great pov with perfect exposure and focus and good use of the light from good angle!
the reflection is the main attraction and a big bonus towards this excellent composition!
my compliment to you

Hi Tom
A great composition: the dark shape of the shadow in the middle, the bright colors on both upper and lower halves! I also like the simplicity of the picture which remembers us the main character of our nature.

Well seen, well done!

Kind regards

This is an interesting post with excellent exposure and beautiful colors. I like this reflection in the water a lot and great sky! Your notes about this place are very useful. Thanks!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-21 19:43]

Hello Tom

A wonderful composition,the reflections in the placid water are super.The lighting and colours are beautiful.The POV and DOF are excellent.You staked out your vantage point well.Very well focused with sharp detail.TFS

Wonderful Tom! The perfect classic shot of Beacon Rock only done better. I love the reflection and the way the rock almost glows, well done.

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