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Before I shoot a location I normally go through a mental checklist of possible scenes or comps to shoot. Then once I finally have gear in field I adjust this list against whatever conditions I'm given: lighting, vegetation, wind, water volume, clouds, etc. It makes for a streamlined work process and all in all it works well for me. Once in a while though something new grabs me and demands I pay my attention. This was the case for this row of Lady Ferns sweeping in front of a seasonal waterfall deep in the Columbia River Gorge. The timing couldn't have been better. Heavy rains had DUMPED the day before, swelling the waterfall. As fast as it formed it would dissipate. A day or two later and this image would lack that central water element. Clearing skies then allowed just enough light to bounce around the deep valley to give the image an added punch. At the end of the day this was the shot which made my blood pump. Even though one of the Gorge's most sought after and beautiful waterfall was directly behind me it was this shot, which I could never have anticipated hours before, which won the day.

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