POTD: Paradise Falls

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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: Spring Runoff

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Spring Runoff

Location: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Camera: Phase One P45, Cambo RS, 72mm
Settings: f/16, 2 sec, ISO 100
When: June 2010

Ponytail Falls is about a mile hike straight up the Columbia River Gorge.  Normally an intimate waterfall, it was now roaring with run-off from the wettest June on record.  (That happens often on my trips!  The most rain in a week, the coldest snap in years, even the worst drought in a century but that’s for another post.)

I ventured behind the fall and composed the waterfall and stream together by stitching two side-by-side exposures into a panoramic.

The Columbia River Gorge is one if those locations we dream about as photographers.  Incredible waterfalls, lush greens and dramatic drop-offs.  One of my favorite hikes is the Eagle Creek trail which is as dramatic as it is beautiful.

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