The trail that leads to Little ZigZag Falls is one of my favorite that I’ve found so far in the Pacific Northwest. It’s one of those places where the trail name truly is representative. All throughout the walk to the main falls is a creek that zigs and zags in all sorts of wonderful angles and directions. Some parts are more accessible than others but the entire place offers up all sorts of conceptual opportunities for creating cool landscape photography.
For this photo, however, I wanted to convey the actual falls themselves and how they zig and zag. Right out of the gate, as soon as the water reaches the base of the falls, it begins on a amusement park style ride of curving in all sorts of direction. The falls themselves also have a very convenient trail that hugs right alongside it, so you can easily climb to the top and see it from above. It’s a really wonderful place to visit if you’re in the area.
I decided to go ultra-wide here and paired my Sony A7r with my Sony 16mm f/2.8 Funkbuster: TNG A-mount fisheye lens. What I lost in my ability to maintain a sense of scale, I gained in being able to fit in so much more. I had the camera set atop my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod and used my spiked feet to ensure a good grip in the earth. You can’t really tell but the camera was essentially dangling off the side of the trail here, so a sturdy grip was a must. Because I was under the thick canopy of the trees, I didn’t need any filters (not that this Sony fisheye supports filers) to get the shutter speed needed to convey the motion of the water. Stylization was done in Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection by Google.