If You don’t Like The Weather…

Day two of our three day shoot began with sunrise at Crown Point in the Columbia Gorge. I use the term sunrise loosely as there was quite a bit of cloud cover to hide the actual sunrise but with just enough texture in the clouds and the monochromatic light, I was thinking of finishing the image in B&W. I used Color Efex Pro 3.0> B&W Infrared to make the conversion to B&W…

The overcast was actually in our favor for photographing the waterfalls so, once we had our Crown Point images, we headed to the waterfalls. We spent the morning working the waterfalls and I was able to make some new and different images than I have in the past. I concentrated on a small area where the ferns and moss were very lush and the water flowing over the rock had a nice texture…

In all the years I have been in Oregon, I had never walked to the bridge at Wahkeena Falls so we decided to give it a shot to see what photo opps were available from this angle. While the whole section of the falls was very lovely…

…it was a small section where the water was splashing off a rock that caught my attention…

We worked the falls until lunchtime when we took a break and had a wonderful meal at Multnomah Falls before heading along the Mt Hood Loop. The weather was clearing and we had high expectations of a beautiful sunset with Mt Hood but, as we climbed in elevation and got closer to the mountain, the nice weather disappeared and we headed right into a snow storm. Not one to waste an opportunity, we paused to photograph the freshly covered trees. Once again the monochromatic scene had me thinking of B&W…

Not only was the weather not cooperating for a Mt Hood Sunset, the road to Trillium Lake where we wanted to photograph reflections of Mt Hood was closed. So, we headed back towards better weather and were rewarded for our efforts with a brilliant rainbow…

To me, this is what photography is all about…chasing the light, taking advantage of what Mother Nature throws at us and coming home with the rewards, great images! We had a day of rain, hail, snow, and yes, even some sun. When the weather changed we simply went in search of the best subjects for the light.

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 70-200mm VR II on Lexar Digital Media.