For St. Patrick’s Day I give you an image with green in it. I’m not going to wear green today; there are no leprechauns here to pinch me. Apparently, this pinching thing all started in America, probably in the early 1700’s. It was thought that wearing green made you invisible to the leprechauns who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green, that is).
This image is of one of the tunnels behind the Niagra Falls. I remember visiting there as a child when the guard rail was positioned right at the far edge and getting very wet standing out there being while being amazed at the shear power of the falls and deafening thunder it created. Over the years the railing has been pushed back about 4 meters or so because of the rapid erosion of the cliff face being scrubbed by the 150,000 U.S. gallons of water falling per second. I wasn’t planning on a great shot of this tunnel; too much contrast, no tripod, water on the lens…all that. So just for fun, I duplicated the single image I did get 4 times and adjusted the exposure of each one to give me 5 images of varying exposures. What you see here is the faux HDR version I got using Potomatix. There is way too much noise in the shadows and the water looks weird, but the green of the slimy stuff on the walls just came to life making this scene kind of spooky.