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    First, if you are serious about your images, get some monitor calibration software. I use Spyder3 Elite, it is expensive but now I know that my monitor is adjusted. Like oldno7 said you need to use your RAW shot for adjustment. Buy Aperture. It is cheap, effective and simple to use. Use these images to practice in Aperture, don't stop until you have the light levels like you want. Try lowering the exposure first to bring the sky down (instead of using the "highlights" bar) then use the "shadows" adjustment bar to bring the shadows up to where you want them. Then play with the WB and saturation levels until the colors look good. Go easy on the "red", as it is too easy to jack it up to make it look like "Utah", but in the end it tends to make it look like "Mars"! The adjusted image above lost all of it's blue when the highs were brought down. Give it a little blue back, it will give the clouds some life. Remember, the scene is illuminated with blue light from the sky, and that can be lost through adjusting highs and lows. Above all, is the adjusted image match what you saw through the view finder when you made the image? Have fun!

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    Hey so what's the average time of year for the falls to have water running? Is late April still too early?

    Is the current reservoir water line height usually the best indicator that the waterfall is running? And what's a reliable website for this data?

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    Hey so what's the average time of year for the falls to have water running? Is late April still too early?

    Is the current reservoir water line height usually the best indicator that the waterfall is running? And what's a reliable website for this data?
    I drove past Gunlock falls this past weekend. The reservoir is still too low. That might change with additional Spring runoff, although it looked like it had a ways to go to get to waterfall capacity.

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    So, I don't trust the Utah State Park data to be accurate. Gunlock State Park says the water level is "very low", whatever that means. In Jan 2017 the water volume was at 4576. Now, in March it is above 6480 volume. It holds up to 10,800-acre feet. We just need 4000+ acre feet to go. And with the additional runnoff in April, May, and June in the higher-level mountains, it *could* reach capacity.

    This is the website you should bookmark: https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/webmap...18&monthPart=E

    It took a bit of time to discover this website, but it is very helpful. When you click on it, it will highlight Gunlock Reservoir automatically, but you can move around and check out the other reservoir levels too.
    So when you click on Gunlock, I click on "water year chart" and customize the time on it just so I can see trends. So in order for the waterfalls to flow, it needs to be slightly above the 10,000 line.


    Below is a screenshot from April 2006 (when it overflowed for a good portion of the year) until March 2017. Just so you can see the trend. That low mark in 2009 is when they drained it completely.


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    I talked to a ranger today and he said that the lake is 3-5" from over-spilling. Impressive, considering it was nearly empty back in November.

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