Last weekend, Brian Bonham and I took a drive to the first few stops along the historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway 30 to spend some long-overdue time with waterfalls. After an uneventful-yet-windy stop at the Women’s Forum, we made our way to the first waterfall, Latourell Falls. There is so much that this particular waterfall has to offer, although this water levels were lower than I had ever remembered, likely due to the very hot and dry summer. Still, there were some great opportunities to leave the ultra-wide angle lens in the bag and focus on nabbing more detail shots. At the base of this waterfall is a wonderful boulder with lots of cracks forming its surface. I had to wait for the right winds to kick in, pushing the falling water onto it, creating this gorgeous cascading effect as it made its way to the pool. There were a number of other photos from this shoot that capture the oft-overlooked details making these areas so special. I look forward to sharing them all soon!
I took this photo with my Sony A7r and Sony FE 70-200mm F/4 lens. The long telephoto zoom let me compose tightly on the boulder while also keeping a portion of the waterfall in frame for context. I had my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod perched right at the beginning of the footbridge that sits near the base of the falls. Stylization was done by applying a VSCO preset and further editing in Lightroom.