Ruckel Creek Falls is a great place to visit if you’re trying to get a handle on this type of nature photography. It’s a short walk from the main parking area at the Eagle Creek Trail, right off of I84, and doesn’t require navigating any tough terrain to get to. A lot of the additions to my Path of Least Resistance study were captured here. Just be careful while maneuvering around these rocks. While the water isn’t terribly deep in most parts, the rocky surface is very slippery and loose. I’ve had more than a handful of close encounters during my visits.

At the time, I was experiments with pairing my Sony A7 with the Canon 40mm f/2.8 Pancake lens to see how well it handles with long exposures. I was using a 3-stop ND filter by Formatt-Hitech, which made it very easy to exposure time needed. Fortunately, I had my rock feet attached to my Really Right Stuff TVC34L/BH-55 tripod, so despite having the legs splayed out, it was totally secured. Stylization was done using a custom preset within Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection by Google.