Perhaps silky water on waterfalls and creeks has become cliche. Maybe. But during our Trip to the Columbia River Gorge, Annette and I actively sought out opportunities to shoot the water. I enjoyed doing it and got a thrill from the results.
I wanted to shoot waterfalls so bad that we walked a mile back a path through the woods in the pouring rain. The disposable rain ponchos were pretty good for a while, but, since the ponchos didn’t reach all the way to the ground, soon the bottom of my pant legs and my shoes were wet. I hate the cold, wet fabric on my skin! But we plodded on, in search of the elusive image.
Actually, my favorite image from the trip was one that I shot along the creek that was the outflow from the waterfall. This was a spot along the trail back to Wachalella Falls.
These two images were taken close together. I like the ultra silky water of the first picture. But some of my family would have liked a less silky version. Does it make a difference to you?
Here are some other water shots…
These next three shots are at the base of Wachalella Falls
Something that I learned from this experience…the one good thing that comes from rainy days is the saturated colors. I am beginning to hope for rainy days for photo shoots! Crazy!
The image above is from Latourell Falls. I learned another interesting thing there. While I waited for all of the people to get out of my shot, Annette incorporated a person into her shot of this fall.
This is how it happened: There was another photographer in front of Annette and he was taking his time getting his shot. Fortunately, he had his camera on a tripod and he had a photographer’s vest on. So Annette took advantage of the situation and got a neat shot of a fellow photographer practicing his craft in front of a waterfall. It was pretty neat. I’d show you the image, but it is not mine to show!
These last two shots were at Shepherd’s Dell, which is a neat little roadside area with a path beside the bridge leading down to a waterfall. I needed a wide angle lens to get both the bridge and waterfall into this picture.
Well, I hope you liked these pictures. I thoroughly enjoyed making them.
And, if you ever get a chance to explore the Columbia River Gorge, be sure to take advantage of it!