Part of me was genuinely surprised that after living in Oregon for as long as I have, I have only now discovered Emerald Falls. It’s not like it’s even hard to find or locate once you arrive. But then again, that’s part of the charm with living in the Pacific Northwest. There are adventures to be found everywhere. Fortunately, today’s weather was perfect for this sort of photography. Nicole, Brian, and I visited this area earlier today and had a blast. In the several hours that we spent here, we saw exactly four other people, giving us free reign of the area. It was also really nice to get some real video work done on location. I’m already looking forward to putting that project together. All in all, it was a great day photographing a location that I can’t wait to return to.

I took this photo with my Sony a7R and Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens. For a while now, I’ve been mostly sticking with longer glass, but it was a joy putting this new lens to use on its inaugural shoot. The other star of the show was my Formatt Hitech 105mm circular polarizer filter, which eradicated stray reflections from the surface of the water and really brought out a rich warmth from the green moss. Stylization was done in Lightroom using a custom built preset.