Falling Water

With two days of flowers under our belts I suggested that we head to the Columbia Gorge to work some different subjects…waterfalls! Yeah, another of my favorite subjects (of which I do have many). Once again, Ann approached a new subject with careful thought given to composition, exposure and mood. We would each compose a scene and then we would look into each other’s viewfinders to see a different perspective. I would make a suggestion or two and we would proceed with our image making each incorporating our own style into the mix. I have visited the waterfalls many times and while I still love them each visit, I am challenged with finding new ways to photograph them. Well, the photo gods were smiling on us with blue sky and white clouds (not a frequent occurrence here in Oregon:) ). Ann had noticed a shot on the way down to photograph Latourel Falls and when we had finished our up close shots we stopped to work the scene. The exposure range was greater than I could capture in one click. I could crop out the top of the waterfall but, that would defeat the point of shooting from this location with the great sky and the light on the upper falls. So, I decided to do a five frame bracket with 1 stop increments. Photomatix Pro did the rest. I simply added a few finishing touches and the end result…


Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR

We continued on to Multnomah Falls where I decided to try a multiple exposure (an in camera 5 frame multiple exposure). I set the camera to shoot five shots and turned the Auto Gain on to let the camera to the exposure crunching for me. Why did I do a multiple exposure? I was trying to see what the effect would be on the water; a sort of blur effect through cumulative exposures overlapping each other. It has a sort of HDR look to it. I played with a few different shutter speeds for effect. I think the technique has promise but, I will need to work on it some more before I feel that I have it figured out…


Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR

While I was looking for new compositions I still could not pass up one of my trademark shots of the blurred water falling over rocks. Multnomah Falls has a new look since the big rock fall of ’95. There is a new section of rock where the water cascades over it creating a beautiful silky layering effect. I had to shoot nearly 100 images to get the water to fall just so on the rocks and to keep the curtain on the right from obscuring the subject. I feel it was worth it working the shot until I got just the shot I wanted. I left a little of the blue cast in for effect. I feel that it adds to the mood of the image…


Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR

Ann and I would get together to discuss a composition or exposure situation and then she would go off and make her own images which I have to say continued to impress me with their excellence. Want to get those creative juices flowing? Grab a buddy and get out shooting. The energy will come.