POTD: Paradise Falls

Title and Location

Paradise Falls

Location: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
Camera: Phase One P45, Cambo RS, Schneider 35XL
Settings:f/11, ISO 50, 2 seconds
When: June 2010

Great scenic photography is 90% getting in front of interesting subjects.  (The other 90% is planning, equipment, technique, and tenacity but that’s for another day.)  Sometimes during my travels, I have stumbled into locations or circumstances that were so incredible it simply blew my mind.  Silver Falls State Park in central Oregon is one of those locations.

Imagine having a hole in the ground 175 feet deep with a diameter of a mile or so.  Into that hole in the ground fall a dozen waterfalls from around it’s edges.   Each waterfall has a total different character.  You may recall I mentioned when I was there they had record rainfall and these falls were raging and so beautiful.

There is a 9 mile trail at the bottom of the hole taking you to visit all of these waterfalls.  The trail goes behind the veil of several.  Simply stunning scenery and I understand it is even better in Autumn.  Often referred to as the “Crown Jewel” of the Oregon park system.  Silver Falls is truly a paradise which inspired this photograph of the North Falls.

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POTD: Gil’s Barn

Gil's Barn, Palouse region of Southeast Washington

Gil’s Barn

Location: Palouse Region of Southeast Washington
Camera: Phase One P30+, Mamiya 645D, 55-110mm
Settings: UNKNOWN
When: June 5, 2010

The Palouse Region is a glacial morraine win Southeastern Washington State. It’s rolling hills and rich soil make it both the bread basket of the US and a photographers paradise. Each Spring the fields are a velvety spread of green that covers nearly 3500 square miles. Having been farmed for generations the fields are home to hundreds of photogenic old barns.

I named this Gil’s barn after an Arkansas farmer who allowed me to photograph on his property when I first started in photography.

The photograph is made up of six different exposures combined using special software to create a wider angle view of the scene.

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