Time To Straighten Up…

I had a couple of very nice guys come all the way from North Pole, Alaska to join me for a day of private tutoring on Saturday. We headed to the Columbia Gorge to catch the sunrise and photograph the waterfalls. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions as Friday it poured all day long leaving a freshness to the world. There were still some fairly heavy clouds when we arrived at the Women’s Forum to catch the sunrise giving us a very dramatic start to our day…

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Our next stop was the waterfall area of the Historic Columbia Gorge where we visited Latuorell Falls for a bit before heading on to the grand lady herself, Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is a 611 foot waterfall that is visible from top to bottom and just fits in the frame when using a 24mm lens on a full frame camera. The problem is that when photographing the falls from the base you need to tilt the camera upwards to include the top giving the falls a tilted look…

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Knowing this from previous experience, I had my Nikon 24mm PC-E lens tucked in my bag for just this shot. I simply set up my camera parallel to the falls and, using the shift feature, raised the lens to include the entire falls and viola!, the tilt was gone…

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A trip to Multnomah Falls is not complete unless you take the short hike to the bridge to get a closer look. Having photographed at this location I was looking for a little bit different perspective so, I turned my camera to the horizontal perspective and photographed the base of the upper falls…

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And for my final shot, I took out my handy 16mm Fisheye lens and leaned over the bridge shooting straight down the lower falls…

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I love taking visitors around the area. It helps me to see the beauty I live in through fresh eyes. Thanks to Jason and Dan for a great day in my own backyard.

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm, 24mm PC-E, AF 16mm Fisheye on Lexar Digital Media.