Cellpic Sunday – 1 November 2020

Quincy, Washington.

Last week I shared an image from the scenic viewpoint at Mile Marker 139 on I-90 near Quincy. I hinted there is another attraction at the site. This is it, the Wild Horse Monument. If you like to hike, you’ll also find a trailhead here. It’s a short but relatively steep hike to the top where you can get an up-close look at those metal ponies.

The monument is really named “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies”. The work, however, is unfinished. Commissioned for the 1989 Washington Centennial, the private donations funding the project ran out after 15 horses were created. More details on the monument and the hike can be found here.

About the photo: I’ve been taking more and more images with my Samsung S20U. It’s so convenient for grabbing a quick shot. This image was taken in the 12000×9000 pixel mode. Once in Lightroom, I was able to crop heavily and still keep the ponies sharply detailed. After basic settings in Lightroom, I transferred it to Luminar 4 for final touches. I used automatic exposure which the meter in the camera calculated at f/1.8, 1/720 Sec., ISO-16. As usual, most browsers will allow a closer look at the image by selecting it.

John Steiner


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