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N 44 B 646 C 14 E Oct 21, 2016 F Nov 25, 2016
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The Museum at Prairie Fire is a rather uniuqe and colorful building to say the least. It celebrates the living history of this region and the whole world. If you look closely you can see a T Rex hidden in the left corner inside the complex.

Mike D.

Tags:   museum fire prairie Prairie Fire history color reflection

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I have not thought about photographing waterfalls for a long time, but there is something about Spirit Falls that lured me to it. First, the falls were part of my shooting itinerary during my recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. While not super difficult to reach, Spirit Falls offers several challenges. I would not have even found the pathway down to the falls without first noticing a group of people a quarter of a mile from the original trailhead, which is now closed. That group decided not to go down the steep pathway to the falls. Once you reach the waterfall area, the next challenge is to find a composition where it is safe to set up and shoot, while avoiding spray from the powerful falls. All in all, not too crazy difficult, and I am left with a memory of my visit to a truly beautiful and mystical place.

Website: www.davidshieldphotography.com

Tags:   spirit falls columbia river gorge washington fall autumn foliage moss rocks waterfall long exposure color light nikon pacific northwest

N 906 B 50.6K C 54 E May 21, 2016 F Oct 19, 2016
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Probably one of the biggest single-drop waterfalls in Oregon (nearly 300 feet tall) and quite the sight to see in person. I hiked to the bottom on this rainy spring day and it was nearly impossible to prevent the spray from hitting my lens to get any sort of long exposure. After getting thoroughly drenched, I decided I actually preferred the wider view from above that encompasses both the canyon and Willamette river. This particular shot wasn't too easy either as I had to position my tripod pretty far above my head to get an unobstructed view.

2016 © Michelle Jensen

Tags:   salt creek falls waterfall oregon willamette river spring canyon landscape pacific northwest green

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A little hideaway along the Sawmill Trail in Patapsco State Park near the Hilton area. This is one of my favorite autumn spots to hike and shoot. Perhaps I did it some justice. Shooting this was a little tricky on this overcast and slightly rainy afternoon. Timing was about 10 minutes before sundown, and the light was quite dim. Live view to the rescue for the framing and exposure. I'm not sure that I could have nailed the exposure without it.

HSS

Luminosity, contrast, saturation,
clarity and crop. I tried some Orton, but did not like it on this, so, no Orton.

Explored 11/13 #6

Tags:   low light dusk autumn fall foliage creek waterfall long exposure vibrant colorful nature forest leaves patapsco state park hike trail sawmill trail natural HSS Sliders Sunday

N 614 B 21.8K C 42 E May 14, 2015 F May 20, 2015
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Last week I had the privilege of hanging out with Ryan Engstrom, Tom Bricker, Don Sullivan and Jeff Krause up in the Columbia River Gorge. I had hit the treadmill in preparation for some serious hiking so I thought I was pretty much ready for anything. But by the end of our first full day, I was so sore I could barely move. All of us were out shooting on roughly 3 hours of sleep, and by the end of that first day, we had already been up at 4:30 AM to attempt to shoot a gorge overlook, Multlomah Falls, Falls Creek Falls, and Panther Creek Falls. Ryan wasn't satisfied as we limped back to the cars around 4 PM as we still had some daylight left. There was one more falls we needed to shoot, he said. The light was perfect, he said. It was a short hike, just off the road, he said. Shouldn't take more than a few minutes, he said. Would I need water? Pfft. It's just a short scramble down a slope and boom. You're there.

Well...

I probably should have been more dubious when Ryan started down the "trail" which wasn't a trail at all. It was down a bush covered cliff...followed by a steep hillside of boulders...followed by a steep plunge over another cliff into an abyss. As I picked my way down, wincing in pain with every step, I was cursing Ryan under my breath. How in the world was I going to make that freaking climb back up to the car?

Suddenly I heard the falls in the distance. I scrambled down the last bit of hillside swinging on branches like tarzan...and the falls came into view. And every horrible thought about Ryan went right out of my head. The late afternoon sun was hitting the trees above us creating a warm glow over the azure blue falls which seemed to appear out of nowhere in this lush area of the gorge. There was no "real" trail down here, although I did find a small footpath of sorts on the way back up. After shooting and then staring at these falls for quite some time, I had more than enough energy to make that steep climb back to the car. They couldn't have chosen a better name for this location.

William McIntosh Photography

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Tags:   Spirit Falls Columbia River Gorge Zenitar 16mm Fisheye


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