After spending over two months in the Columbia River Gorge I finally finished the photo projects I have been wanting to accomplish, including photographing this bad boy from its base. I went into Metlako Falls a second time, last week, wanting more perspectives than my last shoot. This was the last composition from that trip, a last moment perspective that caught my eye just as I was packing up.

I have to say that after spending as much time in the Gorge as I have this year including going up a variety of exploratory routes, I am only much more enthralled about the place than ever! We often see so many of the same locations on the web, but for the adventurist who wants to find incredible rainforest waterfall oasis's, there are countless in there! In fact the Oregon side of the Gorge alone may boast a higher concentration of accessible waterfalls in all of the US or North America (one stat I found said over 100 waterfalls - not including smaller drops - within 420 square miles).

Tech stuff:

Canon 5D Mark2 (still waiting for Canon to step up their game if they ever do)
Canon 16-35L2 at 16mm
100 ISO
16 shot DOF blend at f/5.6 (the sharpest for the lens)
Also a single raw file, double processed, using my innovative "Blend if" technique for dynamic range/tonal control.
First time ever experimenting with "Camera Neutral" as my base profile in raw
2 second exposure
Adobe Camera Raw and PS CS6
100 foot waterfall
The tree tilt is really tilted, not lens distortion
I broke three photographer "rules" on this one:
1. Don't shoot in the Gorge after its spring peak.
2. Don't shoot when there are no clouds.
3. Don't shoot anywhere near mid day.

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