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Eric Leslie

Multnomah Falls (Preconceived Ideas)

Preconceived Ideas
On my drive up to the Spokane area of Washington, we spent a morning in the Columbia River Gorge in hopes to see some waterfalls. Unfortunately it was pouring rain so we had to deal with the rain and all the mist from the swollen waterfalls. It was challenge to say the least!

Having seen hundreds of photos of Multnomah Falls, I had sort of painted a picture in my mind what it would feel like to see it in person. Really the photos don't really compare to the real thing. The first thing that caught me off guard was how close the waterfall is to the viewing platform. See, this waterfall is so tall and in your face, that I couldn't capture this in a single frame. I did a vertarama using about six horizontal shots to get it all in. Consequentially, the leaning lines effect at the top is very pronounced. The treas and even the top waterfall feel like they're leaning back, but believe me they're up close and personal.

+Crystal Leslie and I took turns holding umbrellas for each other. Still it was a shoot, wipe shoot wipe shoot wipe kind of deal. It was a lot of work and I wasn't sure if I got anything until I got home. It's a beautiful waterfall to see and really tough to shoot, because there really aren't any opportunities for creativity. We were there at dawn so we had it all to ourselves so that was nice.

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